Sharlto Copley Set to Lead First-Person POV Action Movie 'Hardcore'
Earlier this year, you might remember a little music video for the band called Biting Elbows that featured impressive action sequences shot entirely in first-person POV. The video went viral, and is more commonly known as Insane Office Escape 2, which was actually a follow-up to another viral video sensation with the same style. Now the videos' director, Russian filmmaker Ilya Naishuller, is taking his trademark style to the big screen as The Wrap reports he will be writing and directing a first-person POV action movie called Hardcore, and he already has Elysium and District 9 star Sharlto Copley signed on to star. Read on!
Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov took notice of Naishuller's work after his most recent video, titled Bad Motherfucker (that's the second office escape video) racked up nearly 23 million views on YouTube and Vimeo. Bekmambetov will be producing Hardcore, which will use the same aesthetic in the aforementioned music video, but the story is original, and no plot details have been revealed. However, the source says it will have some sci-fi elements, and Copley will take down a lot of bad guys to save a girl. The film will be shot in Russia, and we're looking forward to seeing what Naishuller can do in the feature film world (hopefully without vomiting).
UPDATE: Chud spoke with Naishuller shortly after this news broke, and while he wouldn't really give any story details away, he did describe the film as “a fine balance between action and story, and allows Sharlto –of whom I’ve been a big fan since District 9– to really go nuts. I don’t want to spoil anything, but his performance of the Jimmy character is sure to be very entertaining.” Copley seems to be on the verge of finally becoming a bigger name with Elysium and Oldboy in his future, and this film should help as well.
And as far as the POV style goes and making the jump from indie music videos to feature filmmaking, Naishuller doesn't want fans to think he's going to suddenly toss in a bunch of CGI. "While Hardcore will feature a tremendous amount of breathtaking stuntwork, I will keep the amount of CGI to a minimum, sticking to our path of ‘blood, sweat and tears’ that has so far served me well.”
And yes, the film will be shot entirely in the POV style, "“It’s 100 percent shot POV. Not a single other shot in the entire film. As pompous as this sounds, the reason why we’re making this movie is because we want to see a great POV movie in the theatre, and there is no one in the world right now who can make this kind of movie better than us.” We're definitely interested to see how this plays out.