Richard Kelly Writing/Directing 'Corpus Christi' with Eli Roth Next
Although we're big fans of filmmaker Richard Kelly here at FS.net (we had him on our podcast last July), he's had a tough career following his feature debut Donnie Darko in 2001. Southland Tales even we thought was pretty bad, and his last film The Box confused audiences and sadly floundered at the box office. Variety now reports that Kelly is set to write and direct a contemporary thriller called Corpus Christi, that will be produced by Kelly & Sean McKittrick's Darko Entertainment, along with Eli Roth, who's known the Darko guys since Cabin Fever. The film follows a traditional narrative and will be Kelly's first without heavy sci-fi.
Corpus Christi is set in that same southern city in Texas and revolves around a a mentally unstable Iraq war veteran named Paciencia "Patience" De La Rosa, who forges a strange friendship with his boss Ralph, the wealthy and politically ambitious owner of a supermarket chain. No clue if there's thriller elements or if it's just a straightforward drama like Gran Torino, or something along those lines, but it definitely sounds like it it could be quite interesting. The film is already set to start production on location in Corpus Christi in July and casting is under way, with an announcement expected by the end of March. I wonder if he was inspired by Kevin Smith's Red State at all? I did see him at the Sundance premiere. Either way, this is a bold choice for Kelly and I'm curious to know what the story is really about. We will keep our eyes open for more news!