Richard Kelly's Next Script is Set in Manhattan, Uses Motion Capture
It all began with a Tweet: "My new script is done - it's just… expensive." Despite following up Donnie Darko with the rather mediocre Southland Tales, Richard Kelly is still one of my favorite directors, and I'm very much looking forward to The Box - especially after the footage we were shown at Comic-Con. But as always, we're always interested in what everyone is doing next, and thankfully SlashFilm has uncovered some very interesting new details. Apparently Kelly's new script takes place in 2014 and is a thriller set in Manhattan. And the reason it's so expensive - "forty percent of it is motion capture." Sounds like it could be cool?
Kelly did also go on to say that he loves what Robert Zemeckis and James Cameron are doing with their movies (and motion capture) and that he'd one day like to play with the same tools that they're using. But unfortunately that's all the details he'd give - no name, no story information, nothing. Which isn't too surprising, considering not that many people have even read the script, as he did just finish it a few weeks ago. I'm inherently intrigued at the prospect of seeing Richard Kelly use motion capture for a futuristic thriller. Are there robots or monsters? Or other CGI characters? Whatever the case, I'm already interested.
However, for now, I'm just hoping The Box turns out as good as it looks, or is at least a lot better than Southland Tales. I'm also hoping it's a box office hit, because if it is, Richard Kelly won't have as much trouble making his next movie - and getting the money he needs to pull off that expensive motion capture.