Zeitlin was the star indie director of 2012, picking up scads of prizes along the festival circuit for “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” beginning with Sundance and including Cannes, which went all the way to the Oscars.
He plucked his Best Actress-nominated starlet, the young Quvenzhané Wallis, out of over 4,000 auditions for that film. And now, he’s said to be looking for the next budding young talent for his tentatively titled “Wendy,” a fantasy adventure about a tribe of children on a remote island, who never age.
This production will reportedly take place on the island of Antigua. “It’s not a hundred million-dollar movie coming in with airplanes and giant everything. It’ll be a small group of people building out of scrap metal and things we find, and the interesting thing is that even though we’re such a small production the reach could be very, very far,” Zeitlin said in a statement to Antigua’s Daily Observer. “It’s a lot of very young people who want to have great time and want to be a part of the place that they’re filming. It’s a small group of people.”
In a New York Times profile dating back to 2012, Zeitlin said of the “Beasts” follow-up:
“The new film is about a young girl who gets kidnapped onto a hidden
ecosystem where a tribal war is raging over a form of pollen that breaks
the relationship between aging and time. It follows a friendship-love
story-adventure of her and a joyous, reckless, pleasure-mongering young
boy as they swirl in and out of youth and as the ecosystem around them
spirals toward destruction. We’re working on it all day every day, but
as all psychotic adventures go, you know where your destination is but
not how long it’s going to take to get there.”
Casting is said to begin in Barbuda in early August.