Paris I'll Kill You horror version of Paris Je t'aime
Paris Je t'aime (Filmstalker review) was a great film and suggested that we could be seeing a series of films from around the world's greatest cities with the best directors making short films that represent what that city means to them. Sounds great and it worked well for that first film.
So now the idea has been taken and transformed slightly. Instead of allowing any genre in there, why not do the same with just horror film-makers and horror films? So we are to see Paris I'll Kill You become a reality.
Paris I'll Kill You will comprise of ten short films set in Paris from some big names, here's the impressive and exciting list of the names announced so far:
Joe Dante - Piranha, The Howling, Gremlins; Xavier Gens - Frontier(s); Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo - A l'interieur; Ryuhei Kitamura - Versus, Alive, The Midnight Meat Train; Vincenzo Natali - Cube, Splice (Filmstalker review) and Paris Je t'aime (Filmstalker review); Paco Plaza - Second Name, [Rec], [REC] 2 (Filmstalker review), Christopher Smith - Creep, Severance, Triangle, Black Death (Filmstalker review), and Joern Heitmann - Rammstein video director.
That's an interesting list which comes through Variety, and it could well be an exciting film. It will be a series of interconnected stories, much like Paris Je t'aime was initially claimed to be, but the stories don't really connect. What we find is that they are a collection of shorts, but that worked much better I thought than trying to force connections between them.
In fact if I remember it was Vincenzo Natali who directed the segment Quartier de la Madeleine in Paris Je t'aime (Filmstalker review) which was a horror love story, and beautifully made too. So I wonder why the decision to have a complete horror genre version of the film? Perhaps just this segment itself.
I can see how it could work, but a series? It hasn't really come off with Paris Je t'aime, New York, I Love You was released in the UK on the 8th of October this year, a year after having a limited U.S. release, and it's not migrated to any cities since.
For me there's a fundamental flaw in the idea of the series, look at the nationality of the directors on each of the films, look at this one for Paris I'll Kill You, they aren't all French. Go to New York, London, Moscow, and you'll see similar names popping up, or perhaps the next in line names, and you won't really see competing projects.
What I would like to see is a series of films where the country showcases its own talent through the same medium, films about their capital city. The production companies would be the same film to film but the directors and location would be unique to that city. Now that would be an interesting series.
However for a one off film this sounds an interesting project. I wonder if all these directors have a personal connection and understanding of Paris?