HOLLYWOOD – Director David Fincher’s next film to be Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama.
David Fincher has long wanted to make a film of Arthur C. Clarke’s novel Rendezvous with Rama. And now it looks like it’s finally coming true.
We spoke with the Fight Club director about Science Fiction, his new film and his rivalry with Stanley Kubrick.
David Fincher Speaks
David Fincher: Hey, Exec how are you today?
I’m good Davey. So Rendezvous with Rama… we all thought it was dead in the water.
We did too but you know Netflix. It’s Latin for too much money.
Right. So when are you filming it?
Secretly, we’ve been filming it for about six months but it will take another six months to do the post-production work. Special effects, ADR, CGI and QED.
That last one I don’t…
My motivation for going into this was simple. Fucking Stanley Kubrick. That fat fuck with the beard. Everyone always saying he’s the new Kubrick, I’m the new Kubrick. Look at the new Kubrick. So I thought to myself, I really want to do something that Kubrick has never done. And that way next time Kubrick comes out with something, it’ll be ‘He’s the new Fincher’ and then the tables will truly be turned.
But Kubrick died?
What? No. No he didn’t. But when he sees Rendezvous with Rama he’ll wish he was dead. I can hear him now. He’ll be crying and shouting: ‘Why couldn’t I have made an Arthur C. Clarke novel into a film?’
But he did?
Barry Lyndon was by William Thackeray, you twot.
2001: a Space Odyssey was by Arthur C. Clarke. Actually, Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick were both credited as the authors of the novel.
That wasn’t Isaac Asimov?
Oh, I wish I was dead.
That’s so Kubrick.
What? This. Conversation. Is. Over.
Rendezvous with Rama will be released in 2021.
HOLLYWOOD – Stanley Kubrick still continues to have a massive influence on the world of Cinema today, but what do we really know about the director who brought us the Monolith, wrote Singing in the Rain and always directed films with his Eyes Wide Shut?
The Studio Exec FACT squad was sent to the archives to find out everything there is to know about the reclusive genius called Stanley Kubrick and this is what they found.
1. Stanley Kubrick probably wasn’t murdered (CLICK HERE for the theory). Although there have been many theories about his sudden demise, including ideas about the Illuminati being angry about Eyes Wide Shut revealing their secrets, the cause of Stanley Kubrick’s death look like being entirely natural.
2. Stanley Kubrick first made his name as a photographer in New York for Time Magazine among others. He first got the idea to become a movie director when he was holding a bunch of photographs together that he had just developed and by flipping through them saw that he had in fact invented cinema. Disconcerted that he was about fifty years too late, he decided to do the next best thing and reinvent it as a film director. He started filming noirish crime thrillers, but soon turned his attention to Lolita which he mistakenly believed to be porn. Ironically the same thing would happen on three more occasions with Spartacus, Dr. Strangelove and Barry Lyndon.
3. All Stanley Kubrick’s films are based on novels or short stories, even though Stanley himself couldn’t read or write and even had to have basic concepts such as ‘handle’, ‘discotheque’ and ‘cheese cake’ described to him by kindly friends. To choose a project Kubrick would cover himself in marmalade and have assistants throw novels at him until one stuck to his marmalade smeared body: hence the Hollywood phrase ‘Marmalade debate’. The Clockwork Orange was chosen because as a thin book – almost a novella – it lodged between his buttocks having been thrown like a Shuriken by Anthony Burgess himself.
4. 2001: a Space Odyssey was initially supposed to have much more dialogue and a voice-over, explaining the plot and the scientific background to the film, but Arthur C. Clarke had a very annoying voice and it was replaced at the last minute by classical music. The speaking monkeys from the first fifteen minutes of the movie were also scrapped and this footage has long been sought, as legendary as the Dr. Strangelove custard pie fight and the famous Full Metal Jacket animated sequence where Matthew Modine sings about Indochina to a bunch of curious chipmunks, later the inspiration for Alvin and the Chipmunks.
5. Stanley Kubrick invented the beard. Prior to Kubrick men could grow mustaches that they weaved under their chins to create the illusion of beardedness, or they used back hair brought forward, if they had no mustaches. Kubrick was given beard growing technology by NASA as a thank you present for faking the moon landing film. They also helped him film The Shining by providing him with real ghosts.
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Hidden Gems is a series bringing to light little known filmic gems and rarities that have somehow managed to slip through the collective cinematic consciousness. You’re welcome.
2001: a Space Odyssey
I know what you’re thinking: 1. I don’t like historical drama and 2. I hate classical Greek literature about assholes who take twenty odd years to navigate the Mediterranean.
But surprisingly you’d be wrong on both counts. Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is actually what they call a ‘Science Fiction’ film which was made in 1968 when 2001 was still in the future!
And it’s in English with no lost Greeks in sight!
Okay, so that’s why not to hate this little known cult treasure but in a world where you can watch Transformers again or Avatar, why waste your time on some old clunk bucket made before CGI was invented. Well, it’s a tough one but here goes.
1. Monkeys: film starts with monkeys and you can’t get much better than that.
2. Soundtrack: not only is the music sublime, there’s the greatest version of ‘Daisy, Daisy, give me an answer do’ ever committed to celluloid.
3. A big mad brick. The story resolves around these big black bricks which basically pop up when Mr.s Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke get bored.
4. ‘Woah shit!’ bit at the end where it just goes disco biscuits all over the screen. The cinematic equivalent of spassing out and not giving a shit.
5. Zero gravity toilet. Stanley Kubrick had a one joke limit on each film and this one’s a ‘cracker’.
So to recap: a big mad brick teaches vegetarian monkeys how to eat meet, accidentally starts the arms race so another mad brick sends a bunch of astronauts to Jupiter where, after mad computer kills all but one, survivor crashes through another mad brick and grows so old he becomes a great big baby.
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