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Southland Tales Concept Art and Production Photos

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March 21, 2007

I have this feeling deep down that Richard Kelly's Southland Tales is going to one of one of the best movies ever, right alongside of Donnie Darko. Sure there are skeptics, but I really think Richard Kelly will pull it off. And to fuel that fire even more, some new images have appeared courtesy of our friends over at SlashFilm, showing both the special effects that one month ago he was trying to get funding for, as well as early production art. If this really doesn't get you anxiously excited for Southland Tales, then I don't know what will (besides a trailer)!

Update: Apparently these aren't that new, but it doesn't hurt to still give the film an extra boost and show some photos that I had never seen!

As of now, Richard Kelly has been saying that the film will be ready for a summer or fall release at best. A full on plot for Southland Tales hasn't really been described, and looking at these photos will only make you even more confused. First things first, it's set in the future, and it's set after the Texas cities of El Paso and Abilene have fallen victim to twin nuclear attacks in 2005, which sends America into war (how coincidental).

Here's the rest of the plot synopsis:
The Patriot Act has been upgraded to a new agency known as USIdent which keeps constant tabs on citizens even to the extent of censoring the internet and using fingerprints in order to access computers and bank accounts. In order to be able to respond to the fuel scarcity, the German company Treer designs a generator of inexhaustible energy which operates thanks to ocean currents. In this city on the brink of chaos, we follow the criss-crossed destinies of Boxer Santaros (Dwayne Johnson), an action film actor stricken with amnesia; Krysta Now (Sarah Michelle Gellar), ex-porn star in the midst of reconverting; and twin brothers Roland and Ronald Taverner (both played by Seann William Scott), whose destinies becomes confused with that of all mankind.

Southland Tales

Southland Tales

Southland Tales

For full sizes of the photos and a bunch more, head to SlashFilm.

These last few are some examples of concept art surrounding the riot and the War of the Homeless.

Southland Tales

Southland Tales

Southland Tales

Southland Tales

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