Oh hey, Richard Kelly, remember him? He’s the director who came out of the gate with promise after “Donnie Darko, and then squandered that goodwill with the bellyflop that was “Southland Tales” and then the horror movie no one saw called “The Box.” For the past few years he’s been trying to get “Corpus Christi” off the ground, and in fact, just over a year ago, he was hoping to pull together the financing to shoot it last summer. Obviously that didn’t happen but a couple fellow genre specialists are helping him to get the movie rolling.
Robert Rodrigeuz‘s newly formed Quick Draw Productions will team with Kelly’s Darko Entertainment and Eli Roth to back “Corpus Christi.” And even more, “Carlos” and “Wrath Of The Titans” star Edgar Ramirez will take the lead. And if you think Kelly has had it with high concept fare, guess again. Set in the distant future of 2014, the film follows a mentally unstable Iraq war veteran named Paciencia “Patience” De La Rosa, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, who forges a strange and dangerous friendship with Ralph Salverson, a Texas industrialist. Previous reports had the latter as the owner of a supermarket chain, but we guess that has been tweaked.
Well, we gotta hand it to Kelly — he’s certainly not taking the safe or easy route. Though this is apparently a “more traditional narrative” the logline suggests something that’s anything but ordinary. Shooting kicks off in July. [Variety]