McAvoy joins double disappearance films
James McAvoy has just joined Jessica Chastain in a film production that is not only rather unique and stands out from the crowd but that also sounds like it might be a fascinating story.
They're set to star in a film called The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, or rather in two films called The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers, for through two films the story of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby will be told from the two different perspectives of the male and female lead.
It's something we've seen in films before but usually it's the one film, not two separate films, something that seems quite the risk for a production studio in these days. Well, if you believe everything that Hollywood is telling us.
Amid all the sea of standard stories and standard casting notices that come out its films like this that catch my eye, a production doing something a little different, taking a risk, daring to stand up from the safety of the middle ground returns and tackle something new, and that's what Ned Benson is doing.
He's the man who has written both scripts and will be directing both films, a man who wrote the script In Defiance of Gravity which made the 2006 Black List, the list of scripts that have been most noticed by the executives and their assistants through Hollywood.
According to the article in The Hollywood Reporter the story will follow a married couple, the husband a restaurant owner and the wife who is returning to college and how they deal with a life altering experience, one might suspect the disappearance of a woman called Eleanor Rigby, or maybe something to do with an accident with Beatles record.
I really like this idea, and while the production company are saying that both films will be standalone and can be viewed as separate stories, it's the two together that will provide the complete experience. They believe it's a possible new way of addressing the changing desires of the audience in the ways that they consume films.
I'm not sure I agree with that last statement, are your desires to consume films changing in any significant way? I still go to the cinema, although a lot less than I did but that's purely a life balance issue at the moment, I watch less at home for the same reason but I see both picking up in the coming year.
I can say I watch more digital and streamed/downloaded content than ever before (and I always feel I have to say "legally" at the same time as those phrases), but releasing a double bill of films isn't playing directly to those desires, if anything it's getting me hooked on one film and then going back to see the second. That's increasing returns. Now if they gave a reduction in the second film ticket cost if you had seen the first...
Anyway, regardless of the motives the outcome is an interesting one, two films, two perspectives, same stories, and both are standalone films. Plus we have James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain. You can't say no.