The UK born Ana Lily Amirpour might not be the most recognizable one by the name, and perhaps her films are not so admired by everyone, but I think she is one of those young filmmakers that bring a new and exciting vision in terms of storytelling and visual treatment soo needed in a show business so overpopulated and most of the times lacking originality. With two movies on her background, the indispensables A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) and The Bad Batch (2016), and a big handful of short films, her very personal hand in dealing with plots of fantasy, horror and survival made me wondered what would her next film be about.
It seems that the waiting will soon be over because Deadline published this week she is already in the works of her next feature film. Blood Moon is the name, and it is supposed to swim in the seas of fantasy, telling the story of a girl with unusual powers who escapes from a mental asylum and tries to make it on her own in New Orleans. The movie is supposedly inspired by fantasy-adventure movies of the ’80s and ’90s, and as it’s a trademark of the filmmaker it will have good doses of weirdness, violence, black humor and “a range of music from heavy metal to Italian techno”.
So far the cast is in negotiations, and the name of Zac Efron sounds strong as one of the stars. Craig Robinson and Kate Hudson have allegedly already signed for the movie. Ana Lily Amirpour has also written the screenplay for Blood Moon, as she did with her previous films. This will mark her third feature after she has been busy these last years directing episodes for TV series Legion (2017– ), Castle Rock (2018– ) and Briarpatch (2018– ).
John Lesher, the producer of awarded titles like Black Mass (2015), Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) or End of Watch (2012), is producing via his banner Le Grisbi. He stated “Lily’s unique vision and poetic style sets her apart from the pack. She is truly one of the most exciting filmmakers working today”. Filming is set to start in the spring of 2019.
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