Paddy Considine To Write And Direct The Leaning, Last Years Of The Locust

Paddy Considine To Write And Direct The Leaning, Last Years Of The Locust

Posted by January 22, 2011 Comment

Paddy Considine is currently at Sundance for the premiere of his feature-length directorial debut, Tyrannosaur. The film is proving to be a critical hit, and a number of exciting, positive reviews have popped up. While Total Film haven’t published their verdict on the film yet, they have, however, scraped their Considine interview for newsy quotes, and put those up as a standalone story.

In short, Considine has told them he is working on a “ghost story centred on the idea of legacies”, “the story of  young woman haunted by a childhood trauma who in adult life struggles to form meaningful relationships.”

Considine said:

Every time she gets close to somebody she feels this presence.

Great hook.

According to Total Film, Considine was hinting (though they don’t say just how he was doing so) that Olivia Colman, the star of Tyrannosaur, would have a role in the film. He also revealed that another famous story about misunderstood forces is to provide some kind of influence on the film:

He plans to shoot the movie in England and says The Exorcist is a reference point for him. But don’t expect pea-puke and spinning heads – the dilemma of the mother when she doubts her own daughter are more his inspiration.

Considine’s title for this story is The Leaning. It’s a film he previously mentioned in an interview conducted for his official site, back in December:

I’m already writing the next film called The Leaning. It’s a ghost story. And after that I have a book called The Years Of The Locust that I am adapting. I don’t want to give away too much… My aim is to be constantly writing or going into production on another film. Keep them rolling along.

Good plan.

The Years of the Locust is a non-fiction account of the off-the-map boxing underworld. Here’s an intriguing excerpt from Scotland on Sunday‘s review of Jon Hotten’s book:

This is the tragic tale of sociopathic door-to-door salesman turned boxing promoter Rick ‘Elvis’ Parker and his doomed relationship with loyal, naive and ultimately incorruptible fighter Tim Anderson. Parker is a freakishly fat ginger-haired giant with a southern lilt who wants to become the next Don King. He cuts corners, lies, cheats and fixes fights; he’s a man who wouldn’t know a moral compass if one hit him between the eyes.

His boxer Anderson is a handsome, funny former baseball pro who dreams of being the heavyweight champion of the world. But they are a toxic combination that should never have mixed. The results of their collaboration are a train crash.

Crikey. That is definitely a film I want to see.

(Last Updated January 22, 2011 11:49 am )

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