Wayne Kramer Will Next Write and Direct Futuristic Drama 'Ecstasia'

June 3, 2011
Source: Deadline

Wayne Kramer

Back in February we learned that director Wayne Kramer was going to work with Sylvester Stallone on the dark action comedy Headshot. But then in April, we found out Walter Hill was going to step up to direct that film when Kramer's vision for the film was much darker than Stallone had originally envisioned. Now Kramer has lined up another directing gig as Deadline reports he will be at the helm of a futuristic drama called Ecstasia for Relativity Media. The story takes place in an alternate universe where love no longer exists except when it is artificially stimulated through a costly procedure called “commitment.” More below!

The title comes from an emotional Viagra in the story that comes from an implanted computer chip. It's expensive to keep using Ecstasia, and without it couples will lose their love for one another. The story itself follows a man and woman who turn to desperate measures when they can no longer afford to pay to stay in love. This kind of sounds like Limitless, but with a drug used to spark romance instead of higher brain function. It's certainly an interesting concept, but if it becomes nothing more than a dangerous chase to get money and Ecstasia, then it might not be all that thrilling. Personally, I think it hinges on what kind of alternate universe in which the story exists. What do you think?

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  • Don43
    This is good news. I like Wayne Kramer and it's nice to see true Directors like himself keep on working. I am a Stallone fan and was excited that Kramer and Sly were hooking up to work. Unfortunately Stallone can be a control freak so I admired Kramer for walking away and sticking to his guns. Too many stars in Hollywood tend to push their weight around and I think that's wrong. Stallone your the best man but sometimes you have to let Directors do their thing.
  • Anonymous
    Yeah, Stallone blew it by alienating a director who would have brought style and energy to his tired game. But I prefer that Kramer direct his own scripts and be more invested in his original projects.  This is a very strong script - agency friend slipped it to me.  It's got a great love story, but it also completely messes your head up.  In a good way.
  • Kramer directed "Crossing Over" with Harrison Ford. I thought the film might be good, but after a viewing I wasn't horribly impressed. Then I read an article that Harvey Weinstein in typical control freak action threatened to release the film straight to DVD if Kramer didn't cut 20 minutes. Kramer wouldn't do it, so Weinstein had it recut by someone else, which trimmed it to 2 hours. I wonder if those 20 minutes would have added some story that the film needed... So, after that last experience, I can see why he would no longer be involved in Stallone's film if it's true Stallone didn't like he "darker" vision. Too bad for Stallone. He's losing a solid director.
  • jah p
    I agree guys, Stallone is a control freak diva! As for this new film with comittment being the stimulate, sounds alot like what goes on now!lol
  • Anonymous
    THere was a whole article on all the stuff cut out of Crossing Over.  An entire wraparound story with Sean Penn and Alice Braga that turns out to be a ghost story. Tons more nuances to all the characters and their storylines.  More explicit sex scenes (Alice Eve full frontal - thanks Harvey!).
    • I seriously want to bust Harvey Weinstein's face. I just read that article. What a complete fiasco.
  • onthebayguy
    I saw the original Crossing Over cut and all five of us were completely impressed.  It was a FINE movie with a remarkable message... one so dearly needed.  




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