His stunning new film “High-Rise” hit VOD services yesterday, and now filmmaker Ben Wheatley has given an interview with Variety about the making of it and where he intends to go next.
Wheatley has made four theatrical releases so far, not including the movie-length Peter Capaldi “Doctor Who” episode which also hit cinemas in 2014. A fifth, the Boston 1970s gangland shootout film “Free Fire” starring Brie Larson and Armie Hammer, has already been completed and is aiming for release later this year.
Asked about what’s next for him, he confirms his new take on the stone cold cinematic classic “The Wages of Fear” is the immediate next project:
“I’m writing the ‘Wages of Fear’ remake. It’s terrifying because it’s been done twice before, brilliantly. But that’s also why it’s interesting to me. We’re making one of the central characters a woman, as well. It’s trying to make those set pieces strong enough to match up to the other movies. My hot take is I’m going to add more trucks.”
Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1953 original follows a group of men hired to transport trucks filled with nitroglycerine hundreds of miles over rough Central American terrain and abandoned roads in order to quell an oil fire. William Friedkin remade the film in 1977 as “Sorcerer,” pictured above, which “The Exorcist” and “The French Connection” filmmaker considers his favorite work.
Wheatley has also been previously attached to a sci-fi TV series called “Silk Road,” no word on its progress at the moment.