Scenic Route is directed by Kevin Goetz and Michael Goetz and stars Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler as life-long friends who get stranded in the desert when they decide to take a scenic route. What starts out as an opportunity to get reacquainted turns into a road trip from hell after their pickup breaks down on an isolated stretch of desert highway. As they question who they are and who they could have been, their agitation leads to physical confrontation and what begins as an inconvenience becomes a very real life or death struggle.
At the film’s recent press day, Duhamel, Fogler and the Goetz Brothers talked about the challenges of bringing to life a movie set in a single location that hinges on the performances of only two actors, the seamless directing process, their shared sensibility, creating an atmosphere that fostered great performances by letting the action play out, dealing with extreme temperatures and unpredictable dust storms while shooting in Death Valley, Duhamel’s Mohawk hairstyle, and choreographing an unusually awkward and brutal fight sequence. They also discussed their upcoming films: Duhamel’s Strings and You’re Not You, Fogler’s Don Peyote, and the Goetz Brothers’ The Violent Separation. Check out the full interview after the jump.
The romantic thriller Safe Haven, from director Lasse Hallström and adapted from best-selling author Nicholas Sparks’ (The Notebook, Dear John) novel of the same name, tells the story of Katie Feldman (Julianne Hough), who arrives in the tiny coastal town of Southport, North Carolina, looking to make a new start. Even though she’s hoping to keep a low profile, she finds herself interested in and attracted to local store owner Alex (Josh Duhamel), who has two young children. Each are haunted by their past, but hopeful for their newfound happiness and love.
At the film’s press day, actor Josh Duhamel spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what drew him to the project, his desire to mess up the nice guy, the pressure of playing a Nicholas Sparks character, and getting to do so much improvisation in the film. He also talked about his roles in the upcoming features Scenic Route and You’re Not You, opposite Hilary Swank, and said that he’d love to do a ridiculous guy comedy, at some point. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Earlier this month, we reported on the first wave of SXSW 2013 films, which includes The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Evil Dead. Today, the full line-up has been announced, and it feels like Sundance all over again when it comes to plenty of unknown films. The chance of discovering a gem is high, and I look forward to hearing the buzz that arises from some these movies. There’s also a second chance at festival films I missed like The Act of Killing (from TIFF) and Pit Stop (from Sundance). I thought Toy’s House would make it in to SXSW, but I’ll see it eventually since it picked up distribution.
Hit the jump for the full line-up. The 2013 SXSW Film Festival runs from March 8 – 17th.
Brothers Kevin Goetz and Michael Goetz have signed on to direct the indie drama Scenic Route. According to Variety, the story centers on “two old college pals who get stranded in the desert and begin to clash emotionally and physically while coming to grips with the fact they might not be rescued.” Nothing revolutionary — the immediate comparisons among indie dramas are Gerry and 127 Hours. But the project is worth noting as a script by Kyle Killen.
Killen created the short-lived yet beloved Lone Star, which lasted just two episodes before it was cancelled. He also wrote The Beaver, which by most accounts read better on the page than it played on screen. Killen will get another chance at TV come midseason on NBC with Awake – the trailer looks amazing, and Bill liked the pilot screened at Comic-Con. For my money, Killen is a promising new voice whose big break is still on the horizon. I will continue to pray Awake gets at least a full season to play out, but if not, it’s good to know Killen still has Scenic Route in his back pocket.