Between the world premiere of “The Sparks Brothers” at Sundance and the October release of “Last Night in Soho,” Edgar Wright is set for a major year in his career. It’s fitting both films will see the light of day in 2021, as it was on the same day in December 2020 that Wright signed off on the final cuts of both projects. Wright spoke about the “surreal” experience during an interview at IndieWire’s Sundance studio, presented by Adobe.
“I had the most surreal thing. I’m not a good multitasker but I guess now I have finished two films at the same time,” Wright said. “The last day before the Christmas holiday, the 21st of December, I had to sign off on both films on the same day. It was so strange. Friday morning I watched ‘Soho’ in the Dolby Cinema, and then 2pm I go to Technicolor and sign off on ‘Sparks Brothers.’ That’s a lot of movie for one year!”
Production on “Last Night in Soho” went on hiatus for five months in 2020 during the pandemic, at which point Wright pivoted full time to editing “The Sparks Brothers.”
“During the five months of being really stuck at home, we finished the film remotely,” Wright said. “Where you would usually do a normal friends and family screening, I just sent it to people. The first person who watched it was Cameron Crowe, because I knew it would be catnip to him. I kept road testing it on people. It was my own mini focus groups of people.”
As for “Soho,” Universal Pictures recently announced it was pushing back the Focus Features release from April to October, 2021. Wright isn’t choosing to be upset by the continuous release delays, as he’ll happily wait for the film to open when it can in movie theaters.
“Me and the producers were behind the push, and Universal and Focus were in agreement. They feel as well that we want to at least give it the chance to be in theaters and see it as it was intended to be,” Wright said. “Obviously people will be able to watch it at home eventually. I saw a headline that said, ”Soho’ Delayed for Second Time to October,’ but the more positive spin is ‘”Soho” to Be in Theaters.’ That’s how I see it. I’d happily wait if there’s a chance to see it on the big screen because that’s how it was made to be seen. I, along with the rest of the planet, hope for the vaccine to gather momentum.”
Wright was joined in the interview by his “Sparks Brothers” subjects, Ron and Russell Mael. The two brothers form the eponymous pop duo and briefly spoke about their work writing the original songs for Leos Carax’s delayed musical “Annette,” starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard. The film was poised for Cannes 2020, but is now expected to be a part of the 2021 festival.
“The film is completed. It’s coming out later this year,” Sparks said. “We think it’s a really special film. It’s uncompromising in all sorts of ways, it’s Adam Driver and it’s a full blown musical. Adam Driver is singing more often than he’s not singing, as well as Marion Cotillard. It’s a unique story and we’re proud it managed to get made. In the documentary you see we had other bouts with movie projects that didn’t happen.”
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