Alex de la Iglesia’s The Last Circus made my Top Five of 2010 because of its brash manhandling of intimate subject matter and the glorious visuals that two psychopathic clowns and a saturate circus can create.
Fortunately, he’s getting right back in the saddle, shoving a pole through a main character’s head, and doing it all with Salma Hayek.
According to Twitch, the project is called As Luck Would Have It, and focuses on a publicist who is impaled through the skull in an accident that renders him unable to remove the pole and stay alive. As you might expect, this turns out to be a good thing for him, his fortunes, and his family.
De la Iglesia is a master at making challenging films from absurd concepts. His sentimentality is Brazil meets the crazed murderer you didn’t know lived down the street from you, and his eye for camera work is difficult to match.
Even though the premise seems cribbed from the skydiving accident in The Ten, it’s almost assured that de la Iglesia’s slant will be more darkly comic (if it’s even comic at all).