I’ll make no bones about it: the screenplay for The Beaver is still a favourite a couple of years since I first read it. Written by Kyle Killen, creator of the ill-fated Lone Star, it blends perfect plotting with subtle, clever characterisation, and a distinctive point of view with something sincere to say. It’s also very funny.
The film has been directed by Jodie Foster and she also stars alongside Mel Gibson, Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence.
On loan from THR, the image at the head of this post is a marketing image being handed out at AFM, where the film is being solicited for international distribution. The image takes directly from the screenplay – well, almost. In Killen’s words, the card reads like this:
Hello. The person who handed you this card is under the care of a prescription puppet designed to help create a psychological distance between himself and the negative aspects of his personality. Please, treat him as you normally would, but address yourself to the puppet until such time as it is no longer necessary. Failure to do so will jeopardize his hard won therapeutic gains. Thank you.
A little more explanatory, perhaps.
Rumours abound that the film will be going direct to DVD in the US, which is a travesty. Surely many people appalled by the behaviour of Mr. Gibson are also intelligent enough to step around that and see the film anyway? It’s not like your ticket price is going straight into his pocket.
Meanwhile, Icon in the UK have added The Beaver to their distribution list for February of next year. According to Digital Spy the film will hit British cinemas on the 11th, just ahead of Valentine’s Day. The bitter kiss-off lines pretty much write themselves, but I think I’d rather end this story like this: I. Can’t. Wait. If the film is one half as good as the script it’s going to be a joy.
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