Kapur replaces Minghella on New York
With Anthony Minghella's untimely passing one film has been left unmade by the great director, his segment set for the New York, I Love You, the sequel of sorts to Paris Je t’aime (Filmstalker review), which he has already written.
However the segment isn't going to go unmade, and his replacement is a worthy director, Shekhar Kapur, the director of the Elizabeth films.
What makes this choice even more worthy is that it was made by Anthony Minghella himself as, according to Shekhar Kapur on his site through Yahoo News, he was asked by Minghella to carry out the work just before he went in for surgery.
“On Sunday, two days before Anthony Minghella went in for an operation on a tumour they had just discovered, Anthony called me to see if I would direct a short he had written as part of a film a called 'New York - I love you'...
...He told me his film was about the value of life and how people sometimes just throw away their lives, unable to look beyond into the real beauty of it...I will direct the film now -- with Anthony in my heart and in presence of his soul...
...Although we had not spoken in two years, we had in that past long conversations about the nature spirituality, life and death. He recalled those conversations - saying that it was those conversations too that lead him to believe that I should be the one to direct this short film.”
While the future of other films that were scheduled for Minghella's direction remain uncertain, producers have confirmed that his segment on New York, I Love You will proceed with Kapur at the helm.
It seems a strong and natural choice, and a very fitting one for the film.