There was a time that a brainy anti-drone movie like “Good Kill” would be mid-priced studio fare. Kiwi native Andrew Niccol, who launched his Hollywood career by writing “The Truman Show,” is one of those maverick indies who writes the movies that interest him, from “Gattaca” and “Lord of War” to “In Time.” And Ethan Hawke is eager to collaborate with the filmmaker, even when the global marketplace is resistant to thoughtful original movies like “Good Kill.”
Returning for his third go-round with Niccol, Hawke stars as a former Top Gun who is benched in a Las Vegas military base trailer piloting drone aircraft. He goes home to his wife (January Jones) every night, but dropping bombs in Yemen and Afghanistan from 7,000 miles away is not his idea of how to fight a war–especially when the CIA gets involved. The film also stars Zoe Kravitz, Bruce Greenwood, and Jake Abel.
I interviewed Hawke and Niccol at one of the Indiewire TIFF Talks, below, after the impeccably researched drama debuted in Venice. Early reviews were strong. Trailer and interview clips below. Our full Q&A is here.
Producers Nicolas Chartier and Zev Foreman of Voltage Pictures (“The Hurt Locker”) and Mark Amin of Sobini Films sold U.S. rights to IFC Films, which will release the film in the first quarter of 2015.