For the first two and a third pages, Jonathan Glazer’s script for Under the Skin (at least the draft I have, anyway) is set in deep space and details how some disturbing, and frankly hard to envisage, organsims build a disguise in the form of a voluptuous human female, then conceal themselves within it.
Here’s what this flesh disguise is going to look like:
Well, just like that but completely naked, and possibly with longer hair.
When the description in the screenplay reads “a lethal concoction of sensual paraphenalia, a stunning FEMALE, complete in every way” I’m not surprised that Scarlett Johansson has been recruited. At the moment, her official status is simply that she’s “attached”, but that’s a stepping stone on the way to “in negotiations” and “signed”.
There’s a male flesh-suit too. Any suggestions on a comparable male specimen?
Director Jonathan Glazer, if you don’t recall, was responsible for the rather good Sexy Beast and slightly better Birth. He has adapted Under the Skin from the novel by Michel Faber.
Variety provide this summary of the film’s premise:
Storyline revolves around an alien disguised as a mesmerizing woman who snares human prey on remote highways and other desolate spots with her voracious sexuality. But over time, she begins to change her thinking about humans and finds herself on a collision course with her own kind.
And that’s fair enough I suppose.
Don’t expect an easy film built out of pre-fab and bland components, however. The screenplay is ambitious, smart and unpredictable, and Glazer’s intentions are obviously ambitious and, for want of a better term, artistic.
Production is hopefully going to start in the spring. Good. It’s about time we had another film from Mr. Glazer.
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