Monday, June 11, 2007

Murray The Mayor

It seems as though Bill Murray has been cast as the wicked Mayor in Gil Kenan's adaptation of City of Ember. Variety also report that Toby Jones is in the cast, as well as Saoirse Ronan, who plays the younger version of Romola Garai's character in Atonement. Ronan is bound to be Lina Mayfleet, one of the two child leads, while Jones is likely to be Looper, a 'mysterious' thief.

The film is set to be shot in Belfast, which is an interesting choice. As the story takes place in an underground world with no natural light, I was imagining just about everything will be shot on sound stages and then I realised how big these sound stages would have to be, and I wasn't quite sure anymore. If they do shoot on location, everything will have to be shot after dark, of course.

Maybe Belfast is smoggy enough that starlight and the moon add only low levels of ambient interference? I doubt it, somehow.

Kenan did a very good job with Monster House and I'm very keen to see how he handles a totally different toolkit on his second feature. Hopefully he'll build on his promise - handled correctly (and so far, it seems it has been) a feature film of City of Ember could be a genuine family classic.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I live in Belfast, they are building this huge studio thing at the minute, its like an old hall and they are turning it into the set right now