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From High School Noir to Grosse Point Terminator

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 23, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 23, 2009 |

Last night, TK, Mrs. TK, and I were fortunate enough to see the opening film of the Boston Independent Film Festival, Rian Johnson’s The Brothers Bloom. First of all, it’s a pretty fucking amazing film — I’ll have a full review up tomorrow. But in the meantime, for fans of director Johnson — whose debut film was the high-school set noir Brick, which has slowly grown into a full-blown cult hit — you may be interested to learn that he’s in the beginning stages of working on his follow-up to The Brothers Bloom.

After the screening, in fact, Johnson revealed a few details about his next project. It’s a sci-fi film called Looper, which is about hitmen who are sent their victims from the future. He’s working on the second-draft right now. He said it wouldn’t be anything like The Brothers Bloom. In fact, he told the audience that it would be very dark, very violent. After the screening, Slashfilm interviewed Rian (oh la dee da) and pressed him for more details, learning that Looper will be set 30 years in the future, the flick will depict a dystopian society gone to hell, and a disruptive element will be sent back from even further in the future, similar to Terminator.

It’s hard to imagine Rian Johnson doing a sci-fi flick, but clearly the guy knows how to do some serious genre-bending, so I’d guess he’d do genre proud. Dude could probably set it in a preschool and pull it off. After seeing The Brothers Bloom, I’m kind of the man’s bitch.


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