Michael Haneke usually doesn’t let more than a couple years pass between films, and it would appear that the director is gearing up his next effort, his first feature since 2012’s Palme d’Or and Oscar winning “Amour.” And it would find the filmmaker taking on some unexpected subject matter.
Film Comment reports that Haneke will shoot “Flashmob” this summer, with the story partially set in the U.S. And yes, the movie is about that exact subject. The story will follow a group of characters who connect through the internet and are brought together by the titular event at the end, while the movie thematically exploring the relationship between media and reality.
And while there doesn’t seem to be much other news on this project out there at the moment, financing started coming together a few years ago when Haneke was shooting “Amour,” with the Austrian Film Institute kicking in some funds. No word yet on casting, but we presume if lensing happens in the next few months, we’ll see Haneke back at Cannes in 2015.