“The Lobster” hits theaters this week, and it’s already a contender for the best, most inventive film of the year. As it turns out, it’s also only the first collaboration between co-writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos and star Colin Farrell. The two will next work together on “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” which will likewise be co-written by Efthymis Filipou and produced by Film4 and Element Pictures.
Per Variety, the story takes inspiration from a tragedy written by Euripides and concerns “Steven, a charismatic surgeon and a teenage boy who seeks to integrate him into his broken family. When the boy’s actions become increasingly sinister, Steven’s ideal life starts to fall apart and he is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice.” Compared to the premises of “Dogtooth,” “Alps” and “The Lobster,” that almost sounds tame.
In a statement, Ed Guiney of Element said that “Yorgos is truly one of the most exciting filmmakers working today and he and Efthymis have written a stunningly original script. We are delighted to be re-teaming with them and the amazing Colin Farrell for ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’.” Lanthimos is also developing historical drama “The Favourite” with both Element and Scarlet Films. Starring Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz (the latter two having also appeared in “The Lobster”), it delves into the reign of British monarch Queen Anne.
The news marks the third time Lanthimos has made waves at Cannes: “Dogtooth” won the Prix Un Certain Regard in 2009 and “The Lobster” won the Jury Prize in 2014. A24, “The Lobster’s” distributor, has already picked up domestic rights to “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” sight unseen. It’s set to go into production this August.
For more, watch “The Lobster’s” trailer: