There’s some interesting stuff coming out of Cannes at the moment, and today production company honcho Vincent Maraval told Screen Daily about three of their upcoming pictures.
There’s a new movie from Paul Verhoeven [Robocop, Basic Instinct] which sounds like a return to the sex and violence loving, censor-baiting Verhoeven we know and love. It’s based on the French novel Oh! by Philippe Djian and tells the story of a businesswoman who seeks revenge on the stalker who raped her. “It’s a very intelligent script but it’s also pure Verhoeven, extremely erotic and perverted,” says Maraval. I’m sold already.
There’s a new movie from Gaspar Noe [Enter The Void, Irreversible] called Love. Apparently it’s a “a sexual melodrama about a boy and a girl and another girl…a love story, which celebrates sex in a joyous way. Gaspar feels that most films that touch on sex in traditional cinema are dark and dramatic, this will be really joyous… He says it’s a film that will give guys ‘a hard-on and make girls cry’.” Cool…I think.
Then there’s….well, I’m not too interested in this personally, as I detest Harmony Korine’s stuff, but the sequel to his Spring Breakers, entitled Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, is directed by someone else, Jonas Akerlund, and more interestingly has a script from Irvine Welsh [Trainspotting, Filth]. It’s about a new batch of pretty young things doing battle against a group of militant Christians trying to convert them. “It’s not a direct sequel although there are allusions to some of the characters in the original,” says Maraval.