Filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky Returning With 'King Shot'
If you're familiar with the work of Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (Fando y Lis, El Topo, The Holy Mountain), you might wonder how he'd fit in with modern cinema. He's something of a relic, from a great time when someone like Luis Bunuel could regularly garner Oscar nominations, and when former Beatles (and their wives) had their hands in producing art films. Today, however, John Lennon is no longer around to champion Jodorowsky, and the shocking surrealist has lost his placement in between Bunuel and Pier Paolo Pasolini in terms of contemporary relevance. Now he's set to make his triumphant return.
Nearly 20 years after his last film (The Rainbow Thief with Peter O'Toole), Jodorowsky will return to filmmaking with the "metaphysical spaghetti western" King Shot. And, he's managed to find some appropriate collaborators who will allow him to fit in well with other current iconoclasts.
This time around David Lynch is one of the producers, along with Hungarians Lazlo Kantor (The Trap) and Simon Shandor. The film will star Asia Argento, Lars von Trier regular Udo Kier, singer Marilyn Manson and Nick Nolte. One might expect that Dennis Hopper, Isabelle Huppert, Werner Herzog or Tracy Lords might join the ensemble, as long as Jodorowsky is going to work with representatives from today's most daring filmmakers. King Shot is sure to look beautiful, as Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond (Close Encounters of the Third Kind) has been brought on to shoot the film.
With financing for King Shot nearing completion at the Cannes Film Market this week, Jodorowsky is looking to begin shooting this October. As a fan of his bold, unforgettable work from 70s, I can't wait to see what he's got to show us these days. We'll do our best to keep you updated on Jodorowsky's new project.