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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 08.26.08] movie news scifi thriller fantasy



We haven't reported on Franklyn yet but I figured, since I just stumbled upon a couple of yet unseen images from the film, I'd bend your ears (or eyes as the case may be) a little and discuss a flick I'm really looking forward to seeing more from. Franklyn is an upcoming dystopian mystery-drama that makes great use of that neo-noir style we love so much around here. It is also the first feature by director Gerald McMorrow who made a stellar looking scifi short called Thespian X, that I'm also dying to see. The film stars Ryan Phillippe, Ava Green, Bernard Hill and Sam Riley in four interweaving stories that take place in a alternate reality world where there is no division between church and state. More specifically, the film is about Preest, a masked vigilante detective, searching for his nemesis on the streets of Meanwhile City, a monolithic fantasy metropolis ruthlessly governed by faith and religious fervor. Esser (Bernard Hill) is a broken man, searching for his wayward son amongst the rough streets of London's homeless. Milo (Sam Riley) is a heartbroken thirty-something desperately trying to find a way back to the purity of first love. Emilia (Green) is a beautiful art student; her suicidal art projects are becoming increasingly more complex and deadly. Cool hey? Not only that, but it's being produced by RPC (or Recorded Pictures Company), the same company that's developing the adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High Rise (which is hopefully still being directed by the great Vincenzo Natali). The film is currently in post production and is due out in 2009. The 2 new stills are after the break.






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