Gus Van Sant Now Writing a Grounded, Localized Superhero Movie
For awhile now, Gus Vant Sant has been known for powerful dramas. Whether it's with big name casts like Good Will Hunting or his forthcoming Promised Land with Matt Damon, John Krasinski and Rosemarie DeWitt, or films like Elephant with amateur actors, he's kept things pretty grounded and serious. Now it sounds like Van Sant might be heading into superhero territory, but in his own way. The director recently sat down with Movieline and he revealed that he's currently writing a martial arts film that he describes as "a little bit of a superhero movie and a little bit of Stephen Chow," the director of Kung Fu Hustle.
Van Sant is currently writing the script, and it sounds like this is going to be a very grounded and localized movie. There won't be superheroes stopping crime all over a metropolitan area, and Van Sant says very specifically he has his heroes stopping crime at "Hollywood Boulevard and Gower, near the Pep Boys sign." The idea came to him after seeing a frail old woman who almost got hit by a car or something like that, and he thought, "maybe she has more going on than I think. Maybe I should give her more credit. Maybe she could kick my ass." And that led him to write a story about a small group of people, described as mere mortals, who unite to fight crime in their neighborhood.
It sounds like Chronicle by way of Gus Van Sant, which sounds relatively interesting, but it's a long way from the big screen since Van Sant is still writing it. However, Van Sant said he's been doing watercolor painting of some of fictional characters on Hollywood Boulevard for this film, so he's fleshing it out in more ways than one. It's not exactly the kind of movie we'd come to expect from Van Sant, but it's cool to hear him excited about switching things up a bit.