In light of today’s Oscar news, with Beasts Of The Southern Wild contending in major Academy Award categories (Best Actress, Best Director, Best Picture), I thought this was worthy of a repost/reminder, as it seems like the news (first reported last September) went somewhat unnoticed. There was also no follow-up on it.
Beasts of the Southern Wild director, and New Orleans resident Benh Zeitlin told the AP that he’s already begun work on his follow-up to that critically-acclaimed, polarizing film (his feature film debut), which will likely also be set in New Orleans, where Zeitlin’s Court 13 film production company calls home.
Further, Zeitlin says that he plans on using the same production team he used on Beasts, AND he hopes to, once again, cast Dwight Henry and Quvenzhané Wallis, both who made their acting debuts in Beast Of The Southern Wild, in that film’s lead father and daughter roles.
The untitled project, Zeitlin says, is about a hidden ecosystem where the aging process is out of whack.
It’s a place where aging operates like a variable, where people can age rapidly or very slowly.
Considering what I saw in Beast Of The Southern Wild, sign me up for whatever this is that he’s now working on now – especially with Henry and Wallis in the cast.
He doesn’t give anything more away, so we’ll just have to be satisfied with this for now. But I’m already intrigued by the premise.
Filming will begin next fall, he said, so we’ll be looking for this as a potential highlight in 2014.
Both Henry and Wallis will next be seen in Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years A Slave later this year.