It has been far too long since audiences were graced by the cinemadness of Panos Cosmatos. His sole feature so far, BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW, left a more than lasting impression when it hit theaters in 2012. Variety reports today that Cosmatos will be making a return to the big screen with a brand new project starring, of all people, actor and pop culture icon, Nicolas Cage. The film, titled MANDY, sounds exactly like it’ll be keeping in tune with Cosmatos’ abstract and surrealist style and aesthetics, and I am exhilarated!
The story follows Nicolas Cage as a broken man named Red Miller, as he attempts to hunt down a sinister cult through the wilderness of 1983 and seek vengeance for the murder of the love of his life. It may sound like a simple action-revenge film, but with Nicolas Cage in the lead role, and being directed/written by Panos Cosmatos, it’ll be anything but. With a score composed by Jóhann Jóhannsson of ARRIVAL and SICARIO fame. Though unfortunate that BTBR’s composer, Sinoia Caves won’t be returning to give a haunting, synth laden soundtrack.
Already, there’s some connection to BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW, being another bizarre story set during the pivotal year of 1983. Perhaps a shared universe is underway? The project is being produced by Elijah Woods’ SpectreVision, XYZ Films, and Umedia. With SpectreVision head of development, Daniel Noah, going into some further details:
Panos is one of the most vital young filmmakers alive, a pop-culture Kubrick in the making. Nicolas Cage is a veritable god to those of us who grew up watching his classic performances. Bringing these two together for this surrealist, heavy-metal-soaked story of battle axes and demon bikers is unfathomably exciting to us.
Needless to say, those key words of “surrealist” “heavy metal” “battle axes” and “demon bikers” are some real attention grabbers.
MANDY is currently in pre-production and set to film this summer in Bulgaria.