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David Gordon Green Secretly Shot A Movie In Austin Last Month With Paul Rudd And Emile Hirsch!

Beaks here...

While David Gordon Green has repeatedly said that he's happy with the direction of his career, some fans of his early work have felt a bit miffed by his decision to make three lowbrow studio comedies (PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, YOUR HIGHNESS and THE SITTER) in a row. Would he ever return to the visual poetry of GEORGE WASHINGTON or ALL THE REAL GIRLS?

It appears he's done just that - i.e. he's finished shooting the movie already. Though his SUSPIRIA remake is almost ready to go before cameras, Green somehow carved out a month in his schedule to clandestinely shoot a movie in Austin, Texas starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. It's called PRINCE AVALANCHE, and, according to Twitch, it's a remake of the Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurosson's EITHER WAY - which has yet to receive U.S. distribution, but just played the Seattle International Film Festival. Here's the fest's snyopsis:

Finn and Alfred are summer employees of the Icelandic Road Administration in the 1980s, spending days painting yellow lines on a rural highway with only each other for company. The roads receive little to no traffic; the only frequent passerby is a jolly farmer who rewards them with bottles of booze for their good work. Finn is older and seemingly wiser than skirt-chasing Alfred, his girlfriend’s brother, for whom sex is constantly on the brain. The two men barely tolerate each other at first, but ultimately share—during a comical, drunken night—their deepest questions and possible answers about life and love. Director Hafsteinn Sigurdsson uses the isolated countryside of northern Iceland to highlight the nuances of Finn and Alfred’s colorful dialogue and behavior, their Sisyphean work mirroring the difficulties of human connection. With its beautiful ocean vistas and barren plains, the landscape suggests both the splendor and the severity of life as Finn’s and Alfred’s relationship unfolds. Sigurdsson, who began his career making skateboarding films, has an eye for the subtleties of body language. This endearing comedy, his feature film debut, announces him as a talented director to watch.  

I imagine that, tonally, it'll be closest to ALL THE REAL GIRLS: funny, but with the kinds of lyrical passages that tend to get vacuumed out of studio movies. I love that Hirsch is involved. He's a very talented actor who shouldn't be reduced to starring in Z-grade crap like THE DARKEST HOUR. Pairing him with Rudd, who can pretty much do no wrong, is inspired.

The film reportedly shot throughout the month of May, so it'll depend on Green's SUSPIRIA commitment as to when he has time to finish it. I'm betting on a Sundance 2013 premiere, though, who knows, he could surprise everyone and turn up at the 2012 New York Film Festival (where GEORGE WASHINGTON played in 2000). In any event, it's nice to have Green working on a smaller scale, even though I have no issues with the lowbrow stuff (provided it's done well).

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  • June 6, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    first

    by BackRiverCatfish

  • June 6, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Sounds boring

    by BackRiverCatfish

  • June 6, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    indie wire has full django trailer

    by ben

  • June 6, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST

    I'll watch the original since I'm not afraid of subtitles

    by SergeantStedenko

    Your Highness was painfully bad and the fantasy genre is ripe for parody.

  • June 6, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    He'll never do anything better than Snow Angels

    by Box_Bruceleitner

    Peaked early, his "comedies" are terrible.

  • June 6, 2012, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Sounds awful. But it's got Paul Rudd. That's a plus

    by Kytas

  • June 6, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Your Highness could've been awesome, but it wasn't

    by Cobb05

    It felt like they improvised way too much, just making stuff up as they went. The Wise Wizard puppet was great, but they used it in some lame scene about him being a child molester. The scene where they are caught by the fat guy and have to fight was pretty cool. They had some good ideas, but they sucked as writers and relied too much on improv. If they would've taken the movie a little more seriously, it could've been good. But the failed. And the Sitter was horrible. Adventures in Babysitting is a masterpiece compared to that crap. There was no real plot. There was no real danger. Even the ending, the mom doesn't even freak out that the kids are up so late. It was garbage. For David Gordon Green to have called out Kevin Smith, at least Smith is a decent writer and doesn't have giant plot holes in his movies.

  • June 6, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Look for the Channing Tatum cameo in this...

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    He plays an Icelandic hobo, angrily disturbed from his roadside nap.

  • June 6, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Who's duller than Paul Rudd? Nobody.

    by cookylamoo

  • June 6, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST

    I wish he'd kept Your Highness a secret from moviegoers

    by Garbageman33

    That was an abomination. And The Sitter wasn't much better.

  • June 6, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    I don't consider him a "brand" as a director...

    by Melanie Griffiths Sour Patch

    ...he's "insert name" studio hack. A David Gordon Green movie means nothing to me. He's maybe on the level of Ratner and Sean Levy quite honestly. I know he did a couple of arthouse flicks to get on everyone's lists, but I haven't seen anything in his recent work that leads me or anyone I know to think he's some great director.

  • June 6, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Did he get tired of selling out?

    by Mr. Pricklepants

  • June 6, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST

    All The Real Girls

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    Is such a great movie. Why doesn't Paul Schneider get more work?

  • June 6, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST

    whoa..did you say?

    by mcgillj

    The sitter was BETTER than Your Highness? Not that either will win awards. Well maybe Razzies.. but at least Highness felt like it had an aim to ambition.. that just fell way way short. The Sitter was a disaster start to end.. not even the slimmest chance of something working. Sad to say that, i had hopes for both.

  • June 6, 2012, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Paul Rudd = Must see. Suspiria remake = Gouge out eyeballs.

    by adeceasedfan

  • June 7, 2012, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Paul Rudd hate?

    by Inglorious Bastard

    Seriously, talkbackers? Have you no shame? Oh and anybody who thinks David Gordon Green is a sell out is an idiot. Dude was doing what he wanted on his own terms. It isn't selling out just because he made money doing it. Although The Sitter and Your Highness are pretty wretched, they were wholly his.

  • That said, it is not a good movie, by any stretch of the imagination, however, both Jonah Hill and Sam Rockwell were funny and it's worth the price of a rental, imo.