While we were all busy lamenting the fact that David Gordon Green has given up making interesting indie films in favor of dumb comedies and arguing about whether or not his remake of Dario Argento’s Suspiria is a good idea or sacrilegious, he went and made a new movie without even telling us about it. The nerve! And turns out, not only does it sound like his new film is going to be a return to smaller, more interesting storytelling, but it’s also going to be a preview of what it looks like when he takes a foreign film and adapts it.
Green’s new project is called Prince Avalanche, but it’s a remake of an Icelandic film from 2011 called Either Way. In the original, two men played by Hilmar Guðjónsson and Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson spend their summer painting lines on the roads that stretch into remote parts of northern Iceland and end up meeting danger and experiencing personal growth. In Green’s remake the two men are played by Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, and apparently they’re going to be painting lines on roads that exist somewhere that looks a lot like Austin, Texas; because Twitch confirms that the film was shot there last month.
Seeing as Green started his career making low budget, small scale films that have proven to be his best-regarded works so far, news that he’s been out there making a movie so small that nobody even knew it existed has to be seen as promising. The fact that he’s gotten a pair of actors as talented as Rudd and Hirsch to be his principals is just the icing on the cake.
There’s not yet any word when or where Prince Avalanche is scheduled to premiere, so it would seem that we’re all just going to have to keep our eyes and ears open and wait for word that its secret editing process has been completed and it’s ready to begin secret screenings. I’ll buy the decoder ring, you get us some lemons to squeeze on the invisible ink. Go!