Since breaking out with his award-winning (and Academy Award-nominated) sophomore feature “Dogtooth,” Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos has amassed quite a fanbase, leading many to wonder whether he’d soon take the plunge and make a film in English, following the likes of Wong Kar Wai, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Abbas Kiarostami and countless others. Turns out it’s a yes.
During a long discussion with Indiewire in Manhattan earlier today (for an upcoming profile tied to his third release “Alps,” which opens July 13 in New York), Lanthimos said he currently has not one but three English-language scripts in the works — two original, one a potential work for hire.
“The only thing I can say is that they’re all very different,” he said.
The first, he told Indiewire, finds him re-teaming with “Dogtooth” and “Alps” co-writer Efthymis Filippou, for a tale in the vein of their previous collaborations.
“This one’s going to be bigger,” he said. “It has a fantasy/science fiction element to it.”
The second project is a “British period film” he was offered to direct, while the third is a book adaptation, both of which he remained mum on.
Lanthimos also said it’s likely he’ll shoot a short film in the UK before going to camera with one of the aforementioned scripts.
“I want to do something creative and not just deal with the practicalities of making the films,” he said.