NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 28: Todd Field attends The 2022 Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on November 28, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Gotham Film & Media Institute)
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Why Tár Director Todd Field Didn't Make A Movie For 16 Years
Todd Field’s critical success “Tar” is arguably one of the best movies of 2022, and it will definitely be a serious contender during awards season. However, “Tar” comes 16 years after the release of Field’s second feature “Little Children,” and in a recent interview with the Telegraph, the filmmaker revealed what he has been up to all these years.
Field said that he spent the years deeply embroiled in several notable film projects that were, sadly, never produced. Field was co-writing with Joan Didion a political thriller that took the better part of 10 years to assemble, as well as working on many other ambitious projects like adapting Cormac McCarthy's bleak war novel “Blood Meridian” to the big screen.
His projects seemed to fall apart for the usual reasons that Hollywood films do: difficulty in finishing a studio-friendly script. No one seemed interested in Field's intense, literary interests. “The material I was interested in was not material other people were interested in backing,” said Field. “They would use adjectives like dense, or tough, which to them were apparently not good things.”