Tarsem Singh Hopes to Direct 62-Part “Event Film” EYE IN THE SKY

     March 19, 2012


We first heard about Eye in the Sky in September, when FilmNation acquired the script by Guy Hibbert and hired Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) to direct.  Flash forward a few months, and director Tarsem Singh is describing what he would do with the movie if he convinces the studio to choose him instead.  Tarsem estimates that the following story requires 62 parts:

“It’s about a drone attack, and what it means to the people playing with their thumbs in Nevada, what it means to the people saying, ‘Go ahead and strike,’ what it means to other politicians at war in Europe, and what it means to the people on the ground where it happens [in East Africa].  There are people who become collateral damage around the globe in a lot of ways.  It’s a really contemporary, emotional piece.”

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tarsem-singh-imageTarsem told The Playlist that he hopes to know within the week whether he’ll replace Hirschbiegel.  (No word on how amicable the split would be.)  Tarsem goes on to describe Eye in the Sky as an “event film” that will be hard to make for the right price:

“I would like to make this kind of film, but unless it’s a very big movie or a very small movie, it’s tough. There doesn’t seem to be a problem doing a $120 million movie, or a $2 million dollar movie, but that middle area is wiped out, especially if you don’t want to use the same five actors everyone wants to work with.”

The listed budgets for Tarsem’s last movie (Immortals) and next movie (Mirror Mirror) are between $60-75 million.  But since each is probably an underestimate, and many a filmmaker has voiced a similar sentiment, the point is well taken.

Tarsem mentioned that Killing on Carnival Row, another project he is attached to, likely won’t shoot until the summer.  Given that he is still in Mirror Mirror mode before the March 30 release, it’s hard to imagine the director will have time to squeeze Eye in the Sky into the next few months, so it could take a while to come together.  Regardless, here’s the official logline:

EYE IN THE SKY is a gripping international thriller that follows a group of characters around the globe as they are each impacted by the decision to drop a drone missile on a house in East Africa.”

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    If the finished films is as muddled as either Tarem’s comments above or the ‘plot’ of Immortals I pray to God that he gets nowhere near this project.

  • Tarek

    Please! not him!

  • T.C.

    He’s a hack. He does not know how to work with actors or to elicit good performances. He’s set to direct Travis Beacham’s KILLING ON CARNIVAL ROW — an amazing spec script from a few years ago. Yes, Tarsem has the visual flair to pull it off, but he’s gonna gut it. Like most commercial or music video directors who don’t understand story.

  • Evan

    I keep waiting and waiting for a film of Singh’s to see. I have the Fall and the Cell on my Netflix queue, but everyone has said Immortals was a disaster and Mirror Mirror looks like a debacle. He is like a terrible Zack Snyder – at least Snyder has been able to put together some compelling to great films when other people have presided over script (Dawn of the Dead, Watchmen, 300), but it looks like Singh will never be able to marry his impressive visual style to a compelling story.

  • Taylor

    First of all, Zack Snyder is a terrible Zack Snyder. If there’s anyone who’s all style with zero substance, it’s him.

    Secondly, I think Tarsem is a very talented director who just keeps getting attached to awful scripts. The Fall was brilliant, and shows just what Tarsem can do when given a really good script (you can tell he really thought about how the story, characters, themes, and visuals all complemented each other), but his other films like The Cell and Immortals are visually beautiful but lacking in the script department. With The Cell it was understandable, as it was his first feature film, but I seriously hope Immortals and Mirror, Mirror (both films with VERY generic premises and ambitions) aren’t signs that Tarsem is selling out just to get a quick break. If he wants his career to stay afloat, then he either needs to a) find a REALLY good mainstream script to attach himself to, or b) stick with more art-house fare like The Fall.