Rian Johnson’s ‘Looper’ Secures U.S Distribution Deal

15 May

“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” Oops, wrong time travel movie. Rian Johnson’s latest film Looper takes on the concept of time travel with some help from Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Looper blends classic film noir conventions with science fiction to create a world rarely seen in cinema. The film’s plot revolves around Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character as he tries to escape an assassin that has been sent back in time to kill him. When Rian Johnson first revealed the details surrounding the film, I was ecstatic. If anyone besides Rian Johnson was creating this film I probably wouldn’t have payed any attention to it, but thanks to his first film Brick we can be guaranteed a film that’s definitely worth a watch.

If you have yet to see Brick, I suggest you stop reading this article and watch the film immediately. Brick was the first feature film attempt by Rian Johnson and as of now, it is his best film. On the surface the film looks like a typical high school film that explores the common conventions of drugs, the division in high school social standing, and love but when you begin watching you’ll notice there is so much more. The opening sequence of the film sets the tone and pulls the viewer in, giving them an idea of what to expect throughout. What the film does is provide a unique take on the classic detective murder mystery by placing the story in high school. When Brick premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005, Rian Johnson became the new kid on the block.

Fast forward six years to his latest project Looper. An unfinished version of the film screened last night to potential distributors at the Cannes Film Festival. The screening generated enough buzz in the crowd to get six distribution companies fighting over the rights to release the film in the United States. When the dust cleared a company known as Film District had won the distribution rights to the film. People in the industry have speculated that the film will be released under the TriStar label some time at the beginning of 2012.

Although Rian Johsnon is not yet a household name, the fact that he can create great films and actually have them sold is something that I admire. In contrast, when you look at the latest attempt by Kevin Smith you can’t help but wonder what he was thinking. Despite the fact that MANY more people have heard of Kevin Smith, he can’t seem to find a distributor for his latest film Red State. The film features a slightly above mediocre cast which pales in comparison to the terrible story about a group of guys looking for sex online that end up in a horror plot. This clearly shows a contrast in film making ability.

Anyway, I urge you to keep your eyes peeled for Looper as it should be a great film.

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One Response to “Rian Johnson’s ‘Looper’ Secures U.S Distribution Deal”

  1. Kai May 17, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    Awesome post!

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