Knightley Signs On for ‘The Island 2: Never Let Me Go’

Keira Knightley signs on for Never Let Me Go

Alright, so I’m obviously joking a little with the headline, and usually when I do that I get in trouble or I receive hate mail from people who really love some upcoming movie that hasn’t been made yet. Still, when a logling describes a film as the story of a group of three friends at boarding school who realize that they are actually clones being bred specifically for organ compatibility, it’s tough not to do a double take and look around to see if everyone else forgot about The Island or if people are actively blocking it out of their memory because of how awful it was.

Luckily, this movie will be so much better.

According to Variety, Keira Knightley has joined the cast of the science fiction flick Never Let Me Go. The reason I can’t be all that negative is that it’s being directed by Mark Romanek (who will hopefully be able to recreate the creep-factor of his One Hour Photo) and it’s written by Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine).

So the team behind this obviously knows what it’s doing. Plus, the film is an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel of the same name – one that was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke award in 2005 and worked its way onto several Best Of lists the year it was released. Beyond the too-simple logline, the story is one of deeply intimate relationships for a group of people who live specifically to die. As you might guess, it’s not exactly a happy story.

I think this is the best news I’ve heard all week. Ishiguro is certainly an incredible author, Garland is a fantastic screenwriter (and the script itself made Britain’s version of the blacklist last year), Romanek might be an x-factor but it’s clear he’s got directing chops when he wants to use them. Plus, it’s pretty fantastic that they got a capable actress for the film. All around good news for thriller and sci-fi fans alike. And fans of dystopian Britain. You know who you are.

What do you think?

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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