A couple of years ago, we put together a retrospective on the films of Nicolas Roeg, and what one could quickly glean is that his glory years were far behind. The filmmaker whose name graced iconic movies like “Performance,” “Don’t Look Now” and “The Man Who Feel To Earth” hasn’t made a good film in a long, long time and his last effort, 2007’s “Puffball” was a barely there release that quickly disappeared. But at 84 years old, it looks like Roeg is taking another shot.
Screen Daily reveals that the director is developing “At Sunset” (formerly titled “The Sniper“), a WWI romance. Penned by Dan Weldon (“Puffball”), producer Martin Paul-Hus tells the trade: “It’s the tale of a torrid affair between a woman in her late 40s, early 50s and a young lad from Yorkshire. She is a wealthy landowner, he is a former labourer on a big estate… the madness of the First World War brings them together.” That sounds like a great little synopsis, and something Roeg could definitely put his own stamp on.
No word yet on when it might lens, but things are pressing ahead, with producers eyeing “France’s top female actresses” for the lead, after which they’ll lock down financing. So basically — they need a big name to help grease the wheels a bit. But hopefully they can land someone and get the project in motion, as we’d love to see Roeg return for another hurrah.