Repo! The Genetic Opera Gets a Spiffy New Website
by Alex Billington
April 7, 2008
What is it with today and "lost" movies? A new website has popped up for Darren Lynn Bousman's musical Repo! The Genetic Opera. It's actually an impressive site and it reminds me to yet again get interested in this rather odd movie. However, this is another one of those movies (like Valkyrie and Trick 'r Treat as well) that seems to be in release limbo. It was scheduled for April 25th for a while, but I doubt it's going to make that date. I remember talk of it being moved to give them more time to finish it (specifically the music), but now its anyone's guess, since there hasn't been an actual update from Lionsgate for a while. At the very least, check out the spiffy new website.
Check out the new site: repo-opera.com
Set in the not-so-distant future, the production tells the story of an epidemic of organ failures that devastates the planet, killing tens of millions. As scientists feverishly make plans for a massive organ harvest program, a multi-billion dollar biotech company called GeneCo begins to manufacture salvation -- for a price -- offering simple payment plans to those lacking the necessary funds to purchase new body parts outright. But all financed organs are subject to default procedures, including repossession at the hand of the notorious organ repo men.
We've been following Repo! The Genetic Opera since its creation a few years back when Darren was working on Saw II and Saw III. I was interested initially, but now I'm not really sure. You can watch the trailer on the site, but it's the same one we posted a while back. It just seems too… weird. It reminds me a lot of Sweeney Todd, but the songs aren't catchy Broadway tunes and Tim Burton isn't designing the look. While Bousman is a capable horror director, I think it will take some time get used to this. That's why you should start listening to the music and reading around the site now - give yourself time to get used to it.
Repo The Genetic Opera! is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV). Starring Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvino, Paris Hilton, Nivek Ogre, and Sarah Brightman, Repo is a musical and a horror movie all rolled in one. Repo is being distributed by Lionsgate but doesn't have a new release date set yet.