Director Dan Gilroy has revealed plot and filming details for his as-yet untitled upcoming Netflix movie. Gilroy's Roman J. Israel, Esq. is still in the process of opening around the world, but the filmmaker took some time during his promotional tour to drop some teasing details about his next project. The film is being produced for Netflix and will reunite him with the leading actors from his award-winning directorial debut Nightcrawler. The project is yet to be given a title, but judging by what Gilroy says, it could very much match the tone of that jet-black movie.
Nightcrawler was released back in 2014, and starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo (who is also Gilroy's wife). Gyllenhaal played the role of Louis Bloom, a con-man and a possible sociopath, with Russo as an amoral TV news producer. As Bloom becomes a 'stringer' - a freelance photojournalist - he uses increasingly disturbing methods to film sensational crime stories. The film was a compelling study of the uneasy relationship between unethical journalism and viewer ratings, as well as an excellent character piece. It holds a very impressive 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, and many critics stated that Gyllenhaal should have received a Best Actor Oscar nod, whilst the film itself was nominated for its screenplay. Gilroy's follow-up to that was with Denzel Washington in the legal drama Roman J. Israel, Esq., but rumors circulated in June that the director would be filming a new movie with his Nightcrawler leads, and it would be 'set in the art world'.
The existence of that movie was subsequently proven to be true and while talking to Business Insider, Gilroy offered a few more details concerning the project. It still lacks a proper title, but shooting on the film is due to start on March 2, 2018 in the city of Los Angeles. It is then due to be shown on or around Halloween on Netflix in the same year. Although he kept silent about plot specifics of the film, Gilroy did have this to say:
“It’s set in the world of contemporary art in Los Angeles. It’s got a Robert Altman-like large ensemble cast. It’s got a ‘The Player’ vibe to it. There’s a large cast and we’re moving around from person to person as we move through this world. The story is being told through these different characters… It’s not a drama. It’s opening Halloween next year, that will give you some indication what kind of movie it is.”
There are two striking details from Gilroy's words there. The first being the comparison with Altman's The Player, which is regarded by many as being the benchmark for black comedy and ensemble acting. The second is his reference to Halloween and it not being a 'drama'. Will it be a horror film or just a very dark satire? It's an intriguing concept that holds a lot of promise, and given the fact that it reunites the director and stars of Nightcrawler again, it can't help but channel some of the same chilling suburban tone.
With no further casting news - or even a title - to work with, there's little else to go on. Still, the finished production is looking likely to be a Halloween highlight next year. We'll bring you more news on this Untitled Gilroy Project as we get it.
Source: Business Insider