It’s either feast or famine for Austin film production. We went months with hardly a peep of plans to shoot anything feature-length, and now, there’s a traffic jam of productions (both big and not-as-big) that either just started rolling or will begin soon. Todd Graff’s Walden-produced Will, starring Vanessa Hudgens and more, is wrapping up production around town soon. And, as just about everyone knows at this point, Terrence Malick’s Tree Of Life (starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn), is in the middle of its shoot just outside of town.
On the horizon, though, are a series of new films from both out-of-town filmmakers and locals alike. Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes will remake yet another horror classic in Austin (following the locally-shot Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hitcher), and this time it is Friday the 13th. On the more indie side of the equation, Living Wake director Sol Tryon is prepping his next directorial effort, Kick the Can, for an upcoming start in town. And, local favorite Tim McCanlies looks to be finally near the beginning of his long-in-the-works and highly-anticipated new comedy, The Two Bobs. Joe O’Connell also shares some more details in his column this week, including the possibility of a new CW series coming to town. And, also on the not-too-distant horizon is the planned Whip It, Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut set to star Ellen Page.