Scanning across the web it seems at first glance that Michel Gondry has a slate of upcoming projects to compare with even Guillermo Del Toro’s monster heap. On closer inspection, however, it might appear that he’s only got a handful described in various different ways, and certainly not too many to handle. Every one sounds like a winner, though.
After The Green Hornet, which is hitting cinemas in December, Gondry’s pick for his next picture is The We and The I. Originally set to go last summer it was postponed when he went to play big budget games with Seth Rogen and co. Here’s how he describes it:
It’s about the group effect, how people in groups transform when the group is dislocated, because everyone jumps out of the bus at different times, there is a smaller group and how the relationships evolve.
Bus? What bus?
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Michel Gondry and Bjork aren’t exactly strangers. The two have worked together for several of Bjork’s music videos, and Gondry initially wanted her to star in The Science of Sleep. but she refused to return to acting after her miserable experience with Lars von Trier in Dancer in the Dark. Now it seems that the two are working on some sort of secret project — but don’t hold your breath for a film.
The Playlist was first to point out that Gondry teased the project in a recent EW feature, where he said “It’s very undefined, so it’s hard to give more precision.”
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This is one for fans of Calvin and Hobbes or Studio Ghibli, and if you found Where the Wild Things Are‘s sweet melancholy too much to resist, then there’s a good sprinkling of that feeling to be found here too.
The Moomins were the creation of Finnish novelist and comic strip author Tove Jansson and, according to legend, she drew the first one to scare her brother. That cute thing? Scary? Maybe it was one of the Moominland monsters she drew, such as The Groke, the Antlion or the Hattifatteners? As a child I devoured the Moomin books and sat rapt, five days a week, watching the Moomin stop-motion TV series. A more recent series produced by hand-drawn animation was less successful artistically, but perhaps better known internationally.
This year the Finnish animation studio Filmkmompaniet completed their first Moomin feature film, Moomin and Midsummer Madness. It was made by taking footage from the original Polish-Austrian TV series, reformatting, rescripting and revoicing it. Whereas the Moomins never spoke on TV and the story was told by a narrator, they now have dialogue and much of it apparently taken straight from Jansson. Unfortunately, the English voices on the official site’s trailer leave a lot to be desired.
Next year, the second of Filmkompaniet’s Moomin films will launch. Excitingly, Moomin and the Comet Chase will maintain the distinctive look of the original stop-motion but be produced in and exhibited in 3D. Today we learn that Bjork will be contributing a song to the soundtrack, which I’d have to admit seems pretty bang-on appropriate.
There’s a series of images from The Comet Chase after the break.
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Before Michel Gondry made Eternal Sunshine, Science of Sleep, and Be Kind Rewind, he made his name directing music videos. Actually, he still directs music videos, and his latest video is his seventh collaboration with BjÃ¶rk.
Gondry’s videos for Bjork have always been very experimental, and “Declare Independence” is no different. You can watch that new video after the jump. I’ve also decided to include Gondry’s six other Bjork music videos (via YouTube) for your viewing pleasure.
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