Antonio Banderas Will Next Direct Psychological Thriller 'Solo'
Throughout the year we've heard about quite a few different projects for Antonio Banderas. In addition to appearing in You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger from Woody Allen, he also still has Steven Soderbergh's Haywire (formerly known as Knockout), Jean Jacques-Annaud's Black Gold, Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In and a biopic of Boabdil, the last Muslim ruler of Granada, Spain. Now Variety reports Banderas will next direct and star in Solo, a psychological thriller with a touch of science fiction. The story focuses on a Spanish colonel suffering post-traumatic stress disorder but it's not clear where the sci-fi comes into play.
The original screenplay comes from writer Erik Jendresen who previously wrote The Big Bang for Banderas as well as Goleor: The Scales and the Sword, an animated film for the actor's Spanish animation studio Kandor Moon. I wouldn't expect the sci-fi portions of the story to get too crazy with only a budget of $14 million, but less money has been spent on extravagant effects in this day and age. Spanish actors will be used to fill out the cast with an eye towards shooting next year and theatrical release in 2012. It's hard to be interested with so few details on the story, but we'll let you know if anymore details come along. Anyone interested?