Kelly Reichardt is coming off the biggest hit of her career thanks to “Certain Women,” which has grossed over $1 million at the box office and earned her an Indie Spirit Award nomination for Best Director. Never one to play it safe, Reichardt is already planning her next film and it’s not one you’d necessarily associate with her naturalistic eye. According to her recent interview with The Los Angeles Times, the director reveals she’s working on an adaptation of Patrick DeWitt’s “Undermajordomo Minor.”
The synopsis of the novel is a far cry from what you’d expect to see in a Kelly Reichardt film. The story centers around an aimless young man who becomes the assistant to the Majordomo of a remote castle. But he soon discovers the place is full of dark secrets, including the whereabouts of its owner. According to the official plot description, the tale is full of “theft, heartbreak, mystery, and cold-blooded murder in which every aspect of humanity is laid bare for our hero to observe.”
Described as both an “adventure story” and a “black comedy of manners,” the material sounds like a far fry from the understated dramatics of “Certain Women.” But as Reichardt has proved with films like the thriller “Night Moves” and the western “Meek’s Cutoff,” she is capable of taking any genre and injecting her unique style into it. For this reason, we can’t wait to see what she just with this one.
The director’s “Certain Women” is now playing in select theaters.