Steve Buscemi Helming Oren Moverman's Adaptation of 'Queer'
Now this is an interesting story. At the Sarasota Film Festival last week, Steve Buscemi lead a live stage reading of the script for his new project Queer, written by The Messenger director Oren Moverman based on the William S. Burroughs novel. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune (via The Playlist) attended the event and provides a recap of the night. Apparently Buscemi is to direct the film, his fifth feature, and brought Stanley Tucci, Ben Foster, John Ventimiglia (The Funeral) and Lisa Joyce (The Messenger) in to read the script for the audience, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're cast in this, although he'll probably consider them.
Queer tells the story of a young variation of Burroughs named Lee, who is living as en expatriate in Mexico in the 1950s with an alcoholic wife, two rambunctious children, while he also seeks out other men for sexual encounters and relationship. The film focuses on his pursuit of a young man named Allerton and his efforts to find plants to produce yage, which they believe can help people find an inner truth. Apparently the script mixes reality with fantasy and hallucination, which just sounds crazy, and similar in way to James Franco's Howl. "I wasn't sure what to expect but it was good to hear it," Moverman said of the script reading event.
Buscemi directed the films Trees Lounge, Animal Factory, Lonesome Jim, and Interview previously, and is presumably going to start shooting fairly soon if he's currently "testing" the script out. It's pretty interesting to see an up-and-coming filmmaker like Oren Moverman working with an indie director like Buscemi, but I think it'll result in a very intriguing film. It will definitely be a very weird film, that's for sure. Stay tuned!