Indie filmmaker Jeff Nichols (aka the man who made Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and the outstanding Mud) is gearing up to make his first film for a major studio (Warner Bros.) which will see the director re-team with Michael Shannon for the fourth time.
Here's what we know so far (and it's not much): The film, which Nichols will write himself, will be "a present day sci-fi chase film," he says; and Michael Shannon will take the leading role.
Are we shocked about the whole major studio sci-fi thing? Well, not really. Take Shelter looked like a disaster movie and was even marketed as such, but it turned out to be much more psychological, more intelligent, profound and stripped down. So if he is to make a sci-fi, you can guarantee it won't be your disposable, run-of-the-mill genre flick with limited imagination. He's far too ingenious for that kind of bilge.
With Mud coming out this weekend, maybe it's time we revisited Take Shelter and the brilliant Shotgun Stories, which Rober Ebert called "A great discovery". Need we say more?...