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“I need the truck,” is the first line in the script for Mojave. It comes on page five, and not until page 17 does a real conversation emerge. There are a few lines here and there in the opening, but screenwriter William Monahan introduces Thomas (Garrett Hedlund) purely through action. The artist, struggling with success, drives out to the desert to reflect, which Monahan once did himself.

What if someone like Thomas or Mr. Monahan, but far worse, was also in the desert? That’s when Jack (Oscar Isaac) appears, a highly educated and highly dangerous drifter. Thomas and Jack’s war begins with a conversation about the politics, the human condition, and Ahab’s missing leg.

And we dive into the details of Mojave during our conversation with Monahan, which begins after the jump.

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Mojave Tribeca review

We all know Oscar Isaac has the biggest film of his career coming up later this month in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But Isaac’s also got another, much smaller movie due for release in the coming weeks. Directed by William Monahan (The Departed), Mojave pits a devilish drifter played by Isaac against a depressed movie star played by Garrett Hedlund. Thrills, chills, and a whole lot of overwrought dialogue follow. Watch the first Mojave trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Mojave Tribeca review

At the end of Mojave, a devilish drifter played by Oscar Isaac poses a question to a jaded Hollywood star played by Garrett Hedlund: “Do you know yet which one of us is the bad guy?” That, I guess, is the question being posed by writer-director William Monahan (The Departed) in this odd thriller. But the question I walked away from was an entirely different one: “What’s the difference between poetry and pretentious pablum?”  Read More »

Catherine Hardwicke, who made the first Twilight film a few years back, and followed that with Red Riding Hood, is looking back towards the indie circuit. She’s about to make Plush, a thriller with Evan Rachel Wood, and as a potential follow-up she’s developing a gangster film set in ’60s London.

The new film is called Diamond, but it hasn’t been fully scripted yet; Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse are writing, and we probably won’t see cameras roll on this before 2013. Hardwicke began her career as a production designer, so I’d like to see how she approaches visualizing ’60s London for this one. [ScreenDaily]

After the break, The Departed screenwriter and London Boulevard director William Monahan sets up his next directing gig. Read More »