A few months back first-time feature helmer David Ondaatje landed the plum job of directing “The Lodger”, a new adaptation of Belloc Lowndes’s 1912 novel which became one of the most famous early works of master director Alfred Hitchcock.
It’s a daunting task to take on for even a master helmer, and Ondaatje spoke with ION Cinema this week about his plans for the film adaptation which features Alfred Molina, Hope Davis and Simon Baker.
Ondaatje had planned ahead with the project, having storyboarded the whole movie and generated a shot list for every scene. His plan? “I’m not sure how to classify the movie – I suppose it’s a neo-noir urban thriller. Our goal is to keep the audience on the edge of their seats; to keep them interested and afraid and excited and wanting more.”
Where are they at present? “We’ve shot seven days, so we’re a little less than a third of the way through the movie. Due to Hope Davis’ schedule, we’re filming her scenes first. There have been a few instances when I’ve worried that a line I’ve written might not play right, but then I watch Hope perform and suddenly the line and the character come alive – with far greater meaning and drama than I had ever imagined.”
Some new set photos of Simon Baker on-set have also popped up over at JFX Online.