That’s weird. I was just listening to Apparat‘s The Devil’s Walk and his collaborative album with Ellen Allien, Orchestra Of Bubbles, in the past week or so, and thinking this dude would be an inspired choice to score a film. And it seems director Drake Doremus had the same thought too.
The German electronic artist has been tapped to score Doremus’ upcoming sci-fi romance “Equals” starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult. Penned by Nathan Parker (“Moon“), Screen Daily reveals the full plot details for the film, and they’re pretty interesting:
Equals tells the story of Silas (Hoult) who lives in a future society called The Collective. The inhabitants of this modern world are a new breed of humans called Equals. Equals are peaceful, calm, fair, and polite and life in The Collective is perfect; there is no greed, no poverty, no violence, and no emotion. But a new disease is threatening everyone: SOS, or Switched-On-Syndrome, is activating in its victims everything they thought they’d escaped: depression, sensitivity, fear, love but once a person is overtaken with SOS, they are sent away to The Den, and never seen again.
When Silas is infected, he becomes an outcast, but he notices one person who seems to understand what he’s going through. Nia (Stewart) has feelings, but she seems to be able to hide them. When he confronts her, they discover a connection that quickly takes over everything. They feel love and intimacy for the first time in their lives but the only way for them to insure their survival is to escape.
Frankly, it sounds like any number of YA tales on paper, but in the hands of Doremus, who has already shown a sensitivity to complex relationships in films “Like Crazy” and “Breathe In,” it could be very interesting stuff. And Apparat could certainly provide some interesting texture.
Production will begin in August in Japan and Singapore. Until then, check out Apparat’s “Komponent (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix)” featured in “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Goodbye” from the season four finale of “Breaking Bad.” [Film Music Reporter]