Is House of Wax and Orphan director Jaume Collet-Serra really enough of a name that movies can sell themselves by giving him a Tarantino-esque “Presented by” credit in their advertising? Likely not, but that’s not stopping Warner Bros. from trying to sell a new supernatural thriller called Mindscape with his name anyway, even though he’s just involved as one of its producers.
The most unusual part of this development is that Mindscape isn’t the sort of subtitled, genre-heavy pick that studios usually pull these sorts of tricks on—actually it’s a pretty intriguing-looking thriller that’s seemingly performed completely in English, and it has big time movie star Mark Strong’s handsome and compelling face at its center to boot. Add in a supernatural element wherein Strong’s character can enter people’s memories and an up-and-coming young actress in Taissa Farmiga (The Bling Ring, American Horror Story), and this is exactly the sort of movie that audiences don’t mind giving a chance to. No offense to Mr. Collet-Serra, of course. I’m sure his help is appreciated, and maybe this is just a marketing strategy that they’re using in Spain? Click through to watch the trailer.
Mindscape may not have actually been helmed by Collet-Serra, but its first-time director, Jorge Dorado, is one of his fellow Spaniards, so there’s at least some vague connection to be made between the two. The film is scheduled for a theatrical release in their native country on January 31, and while Warners hasn’t announced official dates for releases elsewhere, you have to imagine that they won’t make the rest of the world wait too long to partake in everything this one has to offer. What say we make a date to check out the movie about the handsome British psychic sometime next spring?