When we talked about Joe Lynch's Everly before, I was correcting the publicly traded plot description.
This bit was right:
Everly centers on a down-on-her-luck woman, stuck in her apartment, who must fend off waves of assassins sent by her ex, a dangerous mob boss.
This bit was wrong:
Pic is set entirely in one room.
And here's some of what I added:
The film isn't set all in one room at all. It's not even set entirely in a single apartment, as the odd little bit takes place in the immediate surroundings – though it might spoil too much to tell you exactly where. However, the camera never leaves this one apartment. It can look out into the corridor or wherever, but it always stays in the few basic rooms of the apartment where we first meet Everly, even while characters come and go.
These characters, for the most part, come on a mission to kill only to get killed themselves. There's a phenomenal amount of action in the script for Everly and it's often pretty big stuff.
Lynch, you may recall, is the director behind The Knights of Badassdom – or at least bastard-beset The Knights of Badassdom: The Director's Cut, which I'm hoping we'll someday get to see. He co-wrote Everly with Yale Hannon and the script made its way to the Black List.
We also previously talked about Kate Hudson being cast in the main role but time marches on, things change, and Deadline are reporting that now the role, the part of Everly herself, has gone to Salma Hayek.
The connection between the two, I guess, is that they're small enough to seem vulnerable in a close-quarters fight with professional killers – emphasis on the seem.
It looks like Lynch is looking for actual locations for the film, though I do suspect much of it will be shot on a soundstage – it's that kind of SMASHINGSHITUP kind of picture. Lynch tweeted, a few weeks back:
Off to the hunt. #Scout
— Joe Lynch (@TheJoeLynch) April 24, 2013
Everly has an incredibly dynamic concept, but it's a hard one to pull off. We'll need Lynch to get the rhythms right and to ratchet the tensions and pressure up and down as best suits. If he pulls this off, it's going to be intense and, ultimately, dramatic stuff.