Pauls Haggis Reveals His Newest Ensemble Drama 'Third Person'

November 5, 2010
Source: 24 Frames

Paul Haggis

The last time an ensemble drama was in the hands of Paul Haggis, he delivered a melodramatic piece aimed right at the heart of racism with Crash. Apparently he must be doing something right since that film went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture, and now he's poised to make yet another dramatic ensemble film. 24 Frames recently chatted with Haggis while promoting his forthcoming film The Next Three Days (in theaters November 12th) where he revealed his current focus is a previously unknown script titled Third Person. The film would be an ensemble drama following three different couples around the globe and their romantic relationships.

Sounds like Babel meets Love Actually with a lot less funny. One of the characters in the film is a writer, which would explain the title, and Haggis aims to focus on modern relationships set against very familiar locations like New York and Rome. Haggis mentioned that he wanted to develop the characters as much as possible, so he limited his couple collection to three (a number far less than the characters in Crash). The project has no studio, but Haggis thinks it will work out better (similar to his experience on Crash) if he works on it by himself before sending it out to studios. As for similarities to recent ensemble romances like Valentine's Day and He's Just Not That Into, Haggis says, "Yes, it's a little like those. But darker. Much, much darker." Interested?

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