Scott Frank plans Western and Mid-Life Crisis

Scott Frank

The Lookout director Scott Frank (screenwriter of Minority Report, Get Shorty) is already hard at work on his next projects: a potential western and a mid-life crisis drama titled “Fourty Four“.

The Western:

“I’m going to try like hell to make this western that I’ve written but I’m getting the sense that’s going to be an uphill battle,” Frank told /Film. “So it may have to be like this movie where it takes a couple years to get made.”

Fourty Four:

“I’m writing another story called Fourty Four which I keep glibly describing as my midlife crisis movie set in the world of automotive design,” revealed Frank. “I don’t know, may-be that will be what I do next, I’m not sure.”

The Lookout hits theaters on March 30th 2007.

The Lookout Movie PosterIf you’ve seen the movie trailer and poster (pictured left) for The Lookout, than you’re probably expecting a dark Memento like heist movie, and you would be wrong. It’s probably the worest example of false movie advertising since Bridge To Terabithia (which promised but failed to be a Narnia fantasy world family film). And it’s a shame, because The Lookout is a great film. So when I got the chance to speak to first time director Scott Frank (screenwriter of Minority Report, Get Shorty), I asked him about it point blank. Here is his response:

“We HATE the trailer. The trailer is NOT the movie, and neither is that (pointing to the poster). All morning I’ve been having chats with the folks at Miramax marketing, telling them that the feedback without question – now we’re laughing because we hear the same thing with every interview people come in and say ‘Boy, I wasn’t even looking forward to seeing that movie because I thought it was going to be this kind of movie, NOT that kind of movie.’ And I keep telling them (Miramax) that. So Thank you, yes you’re right. The trailer, I wish I had more of a say, instead of just a voice in those kind of things.”

So the question presents itself: Should the filmmaker be more involved in the film’s marketing? And what else can be done to prevent studios from engaging in deceptive marketing. I understand that it can sometimes help lesser quality films, but what about a good film? What about The Lookout?