The J.G. Ballard novel High Rise, about an apartment building in which occupants are cut off from exterior society and divide into their own class structures, has been a dream project for decades for producer Jeremy Thomas. He’s finally getting the film made later this year, with Ben Wheatley (Kill List, A Field in England, Doctor Who) in the director’s chair and Wheatley’s partner Amy Jump writing. I spoke briefly to Wheatley about the film a few months back when we talked about A Field in England; that interview will run later this week.
In the meantime we’ve got some great info: the star of the film will be Tom Hiddleston, and cameras are set to roll in June. Read More »
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There’s another Elysium movie moving forward, and Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England) is going to make it. But this isn’t related to Neill Blomkamp’s recent film. No, this one is part of the story High Rise, by novelist J. G. Ballard. This Elysium is a futuristic apartment block in which all modern amenities are contained, but where class warfare violently destroys the living space.
The book has been in development for ages; Nicholas Roeg had it as a possible project at one point, and the book has eerie similarities with David Cronenberg’s first feature, Shivers, aka They Came From Within. Cronenberg’s film and this book were released in 1975. (Cronenberg went on to film Ballard’s novel Crash.) Most recently Vincenzo Natali was attached to direct, with Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil) scripting.
But rights lapsed and producer Jeremy Thomas, who has been trying to make the film for decades, now has Ben Wheatley set to make the movie. Read More »
Brad Anderson‘s most recent film is Vanishing on 7th Street, but he’s best known for two other films: the abandoned mental hospital ghost story Session 9, and The Machinist, in which Christian Bale wastes away into madness before our very eyes. (He also directed a couple episodes of The Wire and several of Fringe, among other things.) Because of Christian Bale, The Machinist is probably his most-seen film.
So what say you to a new film that once again brings together the director with Scott Kosar, the writer of The Machinist, and Christian Bale? How about if the script is an adaptation of Concrete Island, a novel by the peerless author J.G. Ballard? Read More »
The first promotional poster for Vincenzo Natali‘s adaptation of High Rise has been found online, along with a synopsis for the film. You can see them at the site of Capri Film, or at Quiet Earth where I first found them. Capri updating their site at this time suggests they prepared the material for the film market at Cannes.
The original novel High Rise was written by J G Ballard, the recently departed visionary of speculative and satirical fiction. In his career stacked high with nightmarish visions of humanity, this one ranked among the most frightening. You can see the poster above (nothing higher resolution is available) while the spoiler-free synopsis will follow the break.
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