It’s hard to guess where Michel Gonmdry’s upcoming movie The We & The I is going to take us for several reasons. Firstly, he’s never been one to stick to dogma. Secondly, it’s a very low budget picture and free of budget-driven pressures. And thirdly, it actually appears to be evolving dramtically as they make it.
The Playlist have revealed that the film is shooting now. They tell us:
the film centers on a group of school kids who travel into the future by mistake and discover a machine that keeps people younger.
The odd bit is the addendum: apparently this premise is accurate “for now.” It’s certainly very different to the previously published, social-realist set up.
So why is Gondry making a film without a finished script? Because he’s putting his budget where his mouth is and making a community-driven project, as per the Just Do It! manifesto in his book You’ll Like This Film Because You’re In It: The Be Kind Rewind Protocol.
Think of the Fats Domino film-within-the-film that rounds out Be Kind Rewind. It sounds like we’re in line for something like that, but feature length. The cast of the film, who are more than likely a portion of the crew too, and taking some control of the story and screenplay, will be comprised of school kids from the Bronx.
A previously discussed Gondry project, The Return of the Ice Kids, also featured a cast of characters being sent into the future and discovering unusual technology. Are we to assume that one has rolled down the gutter now, seeing as The We & The I appears to be cannibalising some details?