Drew Goddard on How ‘Bad Times’ is His Love Letter to the Crime Thriller

     August 29, 2018

One of my most anticipated movies later this year is Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale. It’s Goddard’s first feature as a director since The Cabin in the Woods and after seeing about fifteen minutes of the movie at an early press day which featured one of the coolest tracking shots I’ve seen in a long time, I can say with a tremendous amount of confidence the film is going to be worth the wait.


Image via 20th Century Fox

If you’re just hearing about Bad Times at the El Royale now, the film follows seven strangers in 1969 who end up at the mysterious El Royale hotel and are offered a shot at redemption before everything goes to hell. Among the gathered rogues: a down-on-his-luck priest (Jeff Bridges), a singer named Darlene Sweet (Cynthia Erivo), an impressionable Southern girl (Cailee Spaeny) and her older sister (Dakota Johnson), a vacuum cleaner salesman (Jon Hamm), and — perhaps most enigmatic — a charismatic cult leader, played by Chris Hemsworth.

At an early press day for the film, I got to sit down with Goddard for an exclusive video interview. He talked about how the film is his love letter to the crime thriller, why it took so long for him to get back in the director’s chair, being visually ambitious with the film, how he got Michael Giacchino to do the soundtrack, the intense planning that went into pulling off the amazing tracking shot that involves most of the cast, the status of the X-Force movie, and a lot more. Check out what he had to say in the player above.


Image via 20th Century Fox

Bad Times at the El Royale arrives in theaters October 12th. You can watch the new trailer here.

Drew Goddard:

  • How has he been describing the film to people?
  • What was it about this project that got him back in the directing chair?
  • Talks about an incredible tracking shot in the film and how he wanted to be visually ambitious with the film.
  • How the shot took 27 takes and eight months of planning and because someone was signing live, everyone involved in the shot from the actors to the crew had to work silently.
  • How did he get Michael Giacchino to do the soundtrack?
  • Where is he at with X-Force?

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