It’s been a while since we’ve heard from fashion mogul turned filmmaker Tom Ford. His feature debut “A Single Man” was an excellent piece of work, but a half dozen years have passed without a followup. Back in 2010, he said his next movie would be a comedy. A year later he said it was “ready to go” but clearly not much happened. It appears that whatever that movie was, he’s moved to something different. Ford has now revealed his next film project, and while details are scarce, we’re intrigued.
Speaking with Women’s Wear Daily, Ford reveals he’s adapting a not very well known book which he “refuses to name,” but that it’s a thriller. It seems like he’s playing the idea of adaptation in general, promising a movie in two parts — one that deviates from the source material, and another that remains faithful to it.
“A book is a book; a film is a film… They are totally different things,” he said. “Sometimes things are subtle in a book because there’s an inner monologue with the character, and turning it into a film, you don’t have that inner monologue—unless you do, which I don’t love.…You have to have something personal; you have to take what speaks to you about a book and amplify that. It’s impressionism, in a way.”
The plan right now is to shoot sometime this fall, between September and December, when there is a break in a fashion calendar. “I only need six weeks,” he said, though he’s willing to push things back to next year if it doesn’t come together in time to lens in 2015.
But let’s hope it does, because Ford showed a very promising filmmaking voice his first time out, and we’d be eager to see how he touches on another genre. Certainly with two movies planned, his ambition is getting bigger. We’ll keep an ear to the ground for more details. [via The Film Stage]