Rupert Sanders Making His Debut with DiCaprio's Low Dweller

July 7, 2009

Rupert Sanders and Leonardo DiCaprio

You probably don't know who Rupert Sanders is yet, but you will very soon. The up-and-coming British director is in negotiations (via THR) to direct the dark ex-con drama The Low Dweller being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way and Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions. The script, which was sold to Relativity and MGM for seven-figures last year, centers on a Midwestern man who gets out of prison only to be haunted and pursued by a figure from his past. In addition to Low Dweller, Sanders is also attached to an action epic from producer Gianni Nunnari called The Wild Geese, though I expect he'll direct Dweller first.

While Sanders hasn't directed any feature films just yet, he does have a few short films and an incredibly impressive selection of commercials to his name, including the point-of-view escape commercial (watch it here) for the Wolverine video game and the bullet-time football tackling commercial (watch it here) for Nike. I can't wait to see what he can do with a feature film - as all of his commercials are fantastic. A lot of other great directors like Zack Snyder and David Fincher got their start in commercials as well. I'm sure that DiCaprio and Scott were completely confident in choosing Sanders to direct this very high profile project.

The Low Dweller, written by fellow up-and-comer Brad Ingelsby, also ended up in the #5 spot on the 2008 Black List. For the longest time, it was thought that Ridley Scott himself would be directing, but obviously not anymore. We'll be keeping a close eye on Rupert Sanders and The Low Dweller as this project develops!

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  • dom
    This is great news! Rupert Sanders has some serious talent! His Halo 3 and recent Wolverine ads are amazing! He'll transition over to film really well!
  • Shane
    I read the script for this one. Really, really great. Read more like a piece of literature than a screenplay. Really looking forward to this one.
  • Brett Beach
    wow, you cyber reporters really dont know how to do your homework. your BOY up there, RUPERT, just wrapped up a music video not too long ago for Trent Reznor's new band "How to Destroy Angels" damn, look it up and write something else.
  • tiger tim
    TOO MANY of these posts sound like they came from the studio hype department. Sad if true. Sadder STILL if it isn't. MEANWHILE, as Hollywood reaps BILLIONS outsourcing cheap labor and catering to the franchise slum denial needs of history's --MOST-- awesomely genocidal regime ACROSS the Pacific AND! -as BOTH the 20th anniversary of the Tiennamen Massacre and the staggeringly relevant 60th anniversary of the KOREAN WAR are, AGAIN, 'mysteriosuly overlooked' -the LONG RICH, once promising Ridley Scott is wasting time on routine, pointless, comfort-zone slop ---like this! WHY? WHY? WHY?
  • zoot Rollo III
    Ridley Scott is an artist and does what he wants. Waaa waaa waaa. As for that country you don't mention Mr Tiger Tim, why don't the Chinese people do something about their thug rulers themselves? Answer: they're getting rich too quick to bother. The Korean War wasn't mysteriously overlooked, it's simply that no one cares which I agree is tragic. Mustn't disturb China or North Korea with any untoward observances. But, hey, this is a forum about the very cool, up and coming Mr Sanders. Who cares about the amoral Chinese.




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