Pop quiz: when was the last great movie set on a submarine? You had to think about that one for a little bit didn’t you? Well, at any rate, it’s certainly been a while since a filmmaker has gone underwater into the cluttered environment of a submarine, but Kevin Macdonald hopes to do just that. The filmmaker, currently in Berlin where “Marley” is unspooling to festival audiences, is lining up a new film that he hopes will be strictly some solid genre flair.
Described as being in the vein of “Treasure Of The Sierra Madre,” Screen Daily reports Macdonald will get submerged in “Black Sea.” No plot details yet, but the filmmaker has modest aspirations. “Hopefully, it will be one of those hard, intelligent B-movies they used to make – dark, little vicious B-movies,” he said.
Meanwhile, he continues to move ahead to “How I Live Now,” a future set drama that centers on Daisy, a New Yorker staying with English cousins when World War III breaks out. As the country becomes occupied, she falls for her cousin, Edmond, and has to protect her younger cousin Piper from the invading troops. The flim landed Saoirse Ronan in the lead role late last year, and as the flim continues to move forward — it is shaping up to be Macdonald’s next film — the hunt is on for a co-star for Ronan. “We are having a lot of difficulty finding a boy,” Macdonald explained. “It was predicated on being a cast of unknowns but Saoirse came and read and was so fantastic…we cast her, which means we have someone who is a name and who is great.”
And finally, also on the director’s busy plate is a project we didn’t know about, a Euro TV series “Haut Et Cour,” set in Yugoslavia and told from the perspective of jewel thieves. Macdonald is in the midst of research and is set to chat to members of the infamous gang the Pink Panther.