One of the more talked about films of the Sundance Film Festival thus far has been “Kong: Skull Island” scribe and “Nightcrawler” writer/director Dan Gilroy’s “Velvet Buzzsaw” which will be released worldwide on Netflix this Friday.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette and John Malkovich lead the cast of the satirical thriller set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles where the recently discovered works of a dead artist start killing those who’ve procured them.
Currently tracking at 85% (7.2/10) on Rotten Tomatoes, there have been some interesting reactions so far along with a lot of comparisons to the “Final Destination” films in terms of tone and basics.
Gilroy spoke with EW this week about the film and revealed that the collapse of Tim Burton’s “Superman Lives” project back in the late 1990s, one which Gilroy worked full time on for a year-and-a-half before the plug was pulled, sowed the seeds for this film. Left devastated by the cancellation, Gilroy went to a beach in Santa Monica and:
“I go, ‘Wow, I just spent a year and a half. Nothing I wrote is gonna ever be seen. I was looking at the waves and I was like, ‘I might as well come down and write words in the sand and have the waves just wash them away.’ I suddenly thought, ‘It doesn’t matter. I am creating something as much for myself as for other people and I worked with people who appreciated and saw what I had done and I got the chance to create.’
I swore to myself then that one of the guiding precepts that I was gonna follow was that it didn’t matter, ultimately, the number of people who saw or the level of commercial success. [Art is] something I create for myself. I need to create something that is relevant to me that bears some world view that people may resonate with. I’m saying in Velvet Buzzsaw that art is more than a commodity and let’s not forget it.”
Ultimately the beach walk revelation is used as a scene in ‘Buzzsaw’ where John Malkovich has a similar personal epiphany on a beach. “Velvet Buzzsaw” goes online everywhere via Netflix on Friday.