Anyone who has seen writer-director Rian Johnson's brilliant debut feature - the scandalous high-school-set neo-noir Brick - knows that he is a player to keep an eye on in the future. Since releasing his sophomore effort, the con-man comedy The Brothers Bloom, the filmmaker has kept his fans interested in his developing sci-fi action flick Looper via social media tools like Twitter when news about the project's progress slowed down in between casting Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Wills, but today The Playlist reports that he's finally got something solid to talk about.
Via Production Weekly, the source claims that the film, which is set in a near future where time-travel allows a group of hired guns (called Loopers) to eliminate the targets of their crime-lord employers from the future, will begin shooting in January. The project is not currently set up at a studio, so there won't likely be an official announcement to clarify the scoop, but with knowledge of both JGL and Willis' schedules, it appears that January presents a window of opportunity for both actors to work.
I've been very excited about Looper since it was first announced. After watching Brick a dozen times or so, I realized that it had become one of my absolute favorites of the last decade and I'd jump at the chance to see the film's director and star working together again. Willis' involvement has me particularly enthused, as the $20 million man doesn't need to take any and every role that comes along (although given the quality of his recent films, it's starting to seem like he does). The Cop Out star has been particularly vocal about his love for Looper's smart script, calling it "unbelievable" and "really dark" in interviews. Hearing that he's as excited about making the film as I am to see it has me all giddy.
We'll let you know when this new development is confirmed, and we'll keep you up to date on the production as it casts up in the next few months before it's now-scheduled start date.
Source: The Playlist