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Shane Carruth Collaborating With Rian Johnson On LOOPER!

Beaks here...

When Rian Johnson finished the screenplay for his time-travel opus LOOPER, he immediately sent it off to Shane Carruth for a bit of big-brain fact checking - because if there's anyone who knows how temporal to-ing and fro-ing works in cinema, it's the writer-director of PRIMER. And while I don't know for sure what Carruth thought of the script's scientific accuracy, I'm guessing he didn't hate it because, as Johnson just revealed via Twitter, Carruth is now working on LOOPER.

In what capacity? Johnson didn't say in his Tweet (and it wasn't terribly apparent from the nifty picture he posted to his Tumblr), so I sent the following DM to Johnson via Twitter...


"Hate to be a pest, but, um, what's Mr. Carruth doing on LOOPER?"


To which Johnson responded...


"Designing some of the special effects that have to do with the time travel. And craft services."


Perfect. Shane is a talented computer f/x designer along with being a phenomenally gifted writer-director, so this seems an ideal way to get him back in back in the filmmaking swing of things. Also, he lives in Texas, so I'm sure he knows his way around a barbecue pit. I just hope that once Carruth is finished with LOOPER, someone will take a chance on the cerebral sci-fi project he's been trying to get off the ground for the last couple of years. No one this good should go a decade without making a movie.

As you no doubt know, LOOPER stars Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt and Paul Dano. It will likely hit theaters in 2012. To keep up on the movie, follow the @Loopermovie or @rcjohnso on Twitter.

Here's how Johnson described LOOPER last year...


"LOOPER is a time travel movie, set in a near future where time travel doesn’t exist but will exist in a few decades. It’s pretty dark in tone, much different from ‘Bloom,’ and involves a group of killers (called Loopers) who work for a crime syndicate in the future. Their bosses send their targets hogtied and blindfolded back in time to the Loopers, and their job is to simply shoot them in the head and dispose of the body. So the target vanishes from the future and the Loopers dispose of a corpse that technically doesn’t exist, a very clean system. Complications set in from there."
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  • Jan. 17, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST


    by Timahh

    can't wait for this movie. Rian Johnson is far and away the most interesting filmmaker going right now.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    This synopsis sounds badass.

    by CigsandCoffee56

    an I also couldn't agree more. Carruth needs to be making another movie right now.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    now this is "cool news"

    by Billy_D_Williams

    while i thought Primer was too convoluted for its own good (Time Crimes is a better example of the same thing done better), Carruth is undeniably talented and I'm glad Johnson threw him a bone...he's kind of floundering in filmmaker jail or something.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST

    The Weeping Angels did it better

    by glue

    What's scarier than being dumped in the past and left to your own devices?

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Also known as... "TERMINATOR"

    by Cheif Brody

    Wasn't that Skynet's big plan? Send Arnie back in time to kill Sarah Conner...thus rendering her future, troublesome son...moot? <p> <p> Skynet's biggest mistake was not sending Arnie back in time far enough. Should have popped a cap in her head as a six year old tyke on a park swing. And one to the chest...just to be safe.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    The 'Looper' Script Made Me Sad, it Was So Good!

    by bumbleward

    True story, giving credit were credit's due. This bad boy was online for awhile pre studio legal action. Read it and fucking flipped. If rcjohnso sees this, please know sir, I'd take a blunderbuss to the nuts before I revealed a single plot point. Just wait folks, 'Looper' will rock your socks. Excited Me.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    So where's the X-Men First Class trailer, then?

    by Grasscutter

    It was attached to Green Hornet, right?

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Im sure theres more to it...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    but couldnt the Loopers just kill the target in the present instead of killing the future targets who time travel back to the past? but then again, I guess if they killed the targets in the past, the whole future would be different? i dunno, but i will be ready to buy a ticket and a dvd. johnson deserves my money everytime

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 3:15 a.m. CST

    So this isn't about a pro jock?

    by alan_poon

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 4:33 a.m. CST

    What VFX work has Carruth done besides Primer?

    by bmcapers

    His imdb page doesn't show anything. The site is pretty good at listing work by VFX artists.

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 7:34 a.m. CST

    don't get me wrong, I really loved PRIMER

    by TheSeeker7

    But to be fair, is it really that appropriate to call a guy such a "gifted w/d" that's done one complete feature? I so don't mean to sound like Comic Book Guy here but... just saying let's keep some perspective.

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 7:37 a.m. CST

    and I agree with glue

    by TheSeeker7

    I've long said that whenever you use time travel as a main element to the story you're telling, it's almost impossible NOT to have at least one significant plot hole (if not loads of 'em). Steven Moffatt while on Doctor Who has showed he can handle the loose 'rules' of time travel in his storytelling as well as anyone. That's not to say his scripts haven't been airtight, but far better than most others I've ever seen.

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST

    goddamn edit feature

    by TheSeeker7

    "That's not to say his scripts HAVE been airtight..." that shoulda read.

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Primer was so good...

    by SK229

    that even now, years later, other well known filmmakers are hoping Carruth can get back into the game. I wonder if the same had happened to Nolan or Aronofsky, would it have been that way? Maybe... but I feel that Primer (followed by Brick, though that had a much larger budget) sort of sealed off Sundance for the last five or six years. I honestly don't think there's been anything to equal Primer, Brick, Following, Pi... hell even Blair Witch (remember, Paranormal Activity was REJECTED by Sundance) or Clerks at this point. One other thing - I remember reading that Soderberg told Carruth he'd produce anything he wanted to make... did I read that correctly way back? Wonder what happened there...

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 9:48 a.m. CST


    by Plathismo

    ...remains the best film I've ever seen about time travel, and the only movie I've ever seen that I immediately "rewound" and watched again from the beginning. Of course, its 80-min. runtime helped with that. Anyway, very glad that Carruth is returning to filmmaking in any capacity.

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Best time-travel movie: TIMECRIMES

    by moviemo

    Excellent in terms of pacing and navigating a cyclical narrative. Has anyone else seen Timecrimes?

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    For a moment...

    by scrmwrtr42

    I got my hopes up. I thought this was going to be a sequel to the original "Bad News Bears" dealing with what happened to Timmy Lupus after all these years. "Now go out there, and win just one for the Looper!"