Interview: 'Looper' Writer/Director Rian Johnson Talks Time Travel

March 20, 2012

Rian Johnson Looper

He's the director of some of my favorite indies like Brick and The Brothers Bloom and is finally venturing into science fiction with a film called Looper - his name is Rian Johnson. He's a brilliant guy with a very unique eye and wonderful filmmking sensibilities, and I've been anxiously waiting for him to get into the sci-fi genre. Looper stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis as the same person, different ages, and is about mob hitmen who are sent targets from the future when time travel is invented - we just ran that first look. This weekend at WonderCon, after the trailer premiere, I met up with Rian for a quick interview.

This was filmed at a press event held at WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center this past weekend, following the debut of the teaser trailer for Looper at a panel presentation (trailer will be online in April).

Here's my interview with writer/director Rian Johnson on Looper, shot on a Flip at WonderCon:

I love sci-fi and I love time travel movies, and I am very excited to see what Johnson is going to bring us. Since we're just now getting our first look at what Looper is about and who is even in it, I focused on details that wouldn't get into spoiler territory, but would talk about the potential and what we will be seeing. I really admire Rian Johnson as a filmmaker and thought the footage from the trailer was awesome. This has a very gritty, sci-fi edge to it, and both Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis look badass. The cast includes Emily Blunt, Piper Perabo, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt and Jeff Daniels. Can't wait for everyone to see the trailer.

Thank you to Sony/Columbia and Rian Johnson for the interview. Looper is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters starting on September 28th this fall. Be sure to look out for the trailer when it hits next month.

Looper's Time Machine

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It makes me so happy that he mentioned Terminator as one of the only films to do sci fi correctly.   I wish you would've asked him what it was like working with Shane Carruth because I'm curious about how their styles are going to meld.  Primer is the best sci fi story ever told in my opinion, but it's not very accessible to non-engineer types so if Johnson wants Looper to be more mainstream and financially successful he'll have to find a way to translate the brilliance of Carruth for the masses.

peloquin on Mar 20, 2012


Did i write this post in alternate timeline? cause it sounds as if it came from my own fingers...

Fibonacci on Mar 20, 2012


In one word? Brilliant!

Isildur_of_Numenor on Mar 20, 2012

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