Christensen, Newton, Leguizamo in Vanishing on Seventh Street
by Alex Billington
August 26, 2009
The Machinist and Transsiberian director Brad Anderson will start shooting his next feature in October called Vanishing on Seventh Street. The screenplay, co-written by Anderson and Anthony Jaswinski (Killing Time), is set in a once-thriving city where shadowy forms cause residents to inexplicably disappear. Five survivors fight to stay alive while grappling with the meaning of existence. Hayden Christensen has signed on to star and Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo are in negotiations to star in the thriller, which is being produced independently. Shooting will take place in the "once-thriving" city of Detroit.
I really like the concept for this. It kind of reminds me of Dark City or The Langoliers (in a distant way). But I'm worried it'll turn out a bit more like Fernando Meirelles' Blindness (as a bleak apocalyptic film) and not as sci-fi as I'm hoping, but it's really too early to tell. It's being described as more of a psychological thriller than anything. Here's a different plot synopsis: In an instant, Mankind disappears and in a matter of hours four remaining survivors are drawn together to try to figure a way out of the apparent apocalypse happening around them. Sounds pretty cool, I really hope Anderson puts together a great film. We'll be following it!