Casey Affleck Reteaming with 'Saints' Director for Sci-Fi 'To Be Two'
After working together on the spectacular, slow-burning, western-infused thriller Ain't Them Bodies Saints (read my review here), director David Lowery and star Casey Affleck are moving to a completely different genre with To Be Two, an adaptation of a short sci-fi story from Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology by Paul Broks. THR reports Affleck is set to star and executive produce the film which adapts the story Two Be Two or Not to Be, set in a world where teleportation has been mastered, and people can have themselves scanned and have their digital-self reconstructed atom by atom and sent to Mars.
Back on Earth, the original person is vaporized. The film will tackle the conflict of what happens when the machine malfunctions and fails to vaporize the original. The trade says the story will focus on questions like who is now real, how the experiences make them different and what happens when authorities want to erase the original person on their own? It sounds like Lowery will tackle this sci-fi concept on a very grounded level, so we shouldn't expect anything fancy. A comparison has been made to Rian Johnson's Looper, so Lowery might have a bigger budget to work with this time. I'm hoping for a sci-fi film along the lines of Moon, though the visual effects might not be so extravagant. We'll see.