Mark Romanek and Alex Garland to crack Kazuo Ishiguro's NEVER LET ME GO!
Hey folks, Harry here... One of my favorite directors that I've been rooting for to find his path in the theatrical world is Mark Romanek. I loved his ONE HOUR PHOTO and was quite looking forward to his take on THE WOLFMAN, but ever since, I've kinda been holding my breath to see where he would land and with what project.
I'm relieved to say he seems to have found an ideal project for his particular talents. Kazuo Ishiguro's NEVER LET ME GO. This is a science fiction novel set in an alternate reality of 1990s England that is so dystopian that it has been known to be compared to Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD and Orwell's 1984. However, at its heart, it is nice that it has one, is a romance that overrides everything. With Alex Garland adapting - the themes will not be lost and the integrity of Ishiguro's novel should be preserved and perhaps even further explored.
The key to me is that I feel this is the right step up from ONE HOUR PHOTO for Romanek, which was confirmed when I chatted with him earlier today and he said, "My experience on THE WOLFMAN confirmed for me that I need to be making smaller, more personal films, working with like-minded people, who will provide me with a greater degree of creative autonomy." I asked him about the alternate time frame and setting in England and how 'visually' he would part from the reality of 90's UK and the Mark spoke thusly, "the film actually is a sci-fi movie, but of a very subtle variety. it's an alternate history piece -- a "what if" piece. it takes place in three parts: an alternate 70's, an alternate 80's, and an alternate now-ish. so, even though it is, at heart, a love story, it will be quite visual. The author Ishiguro described it to me like this: "it's our world, but seen through a distorted filter.""
The film is shooting in March in England under the banners of DNA Films and Fox Searchlight. This is one to keep our eyes on, smart sci-fi is not as common as it should be.