Monaghan and Rodriguez Headed to the Future in Fortuna
by Alex Billington
October 8, 2008
Did you like the concept in The Island? Then check this film out - Fortuna. Dominic Monaghan and Freddy Rodriguez have been cast in the futuristic horror thriller set in the year 2100. Fortuna envisions an Earth where a collapsed economy and climate crises (sound similar?) have eliminated the middle class, leaving a few very wealthy people and the rest in severe poverty. To give hope and avoid revolt, the elite create Fortuna, a mysterious game where one in a thousand wins a big payday and joins the upper classes. But their hidden goal to "reduce poverty" by 30% over 50 years comes with a deadly price tag.
Fortuna is being written and directed by Swiss filmmaker Barthelemy Grossmann (of 13 m² previously), who also stars in the film. This will shoot for only six weeks starting in November; the producer has already compared the sets under construction to those in Soylent Green. I usually enjoy Monaghan and Rodriguez and think they'll do a great job with this. There have been some great sci-fi films coming out of France recently, and hopefully Fortuna is another unique film along those same lines, even though Grossmann is technically Swiss. This sounds like a very interesting concept and I'll be keeping my eye on it for sure.