Richard Kelly earned a lot of love for his outstanding work on the sci-fi thriller Donnie Darko, but his popularity has waned following two poorly received follow-ups, Southland Tales and The Box. The levels of bizarre in both of those films rose to unmanageable levels, leaving audiences confused and cold. Hopefully he reins himself in for his next feature, a thriller titled Corpus Christi that Kelly will write and direct.
The story, set in Texas, follows an unhinged Iraq War vet, Variety reports. The ex-soldier forms a “strange friendship” with his boss, a supermarket-chain owner with dreams of entering politics. You can bet that there’s plenty more to tell, and that none of it will synopsize easily. Kelly’s Darko Entertainment will produce with Eli Roth.
Interestingly, Variety states that Corpus Christi follows a “traditional (for Kelly, anyway) narrative” and that it will be “his first film without heavy sci-fi or metaphysical elements.” So, hey, maybe the movie will synopsize that easily. As a fan of Kelly’s work who hasn’t felt much love toward his two most recent films, I have to say this is the right move. Kelly’s stories have a tendency to get wrapped up in their own high-fallutin’ ideas, and the viewer suffers for it. I’ll be very interested to see what happens when he simply sits down and tells us a story.
Corpus Christi is a coastal city in Texas, which is where some or all of the film will presumably be set. The name literally translates from Latin to “Body of Christ,” which is a reference to the Christian religions’ Blessed Sacrament. Could Kelly be ditching metaphysical themes for theological ones? It’s possible, I suppose. Or the title could simply be a reference to the city. Either way, color me excited to see what he cooks up.
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