Casey Affleck Reteams With David Lowery For Sci-Fi Feature To Be Two

By Kristy Puchko 2013-08-26 08:40:43discussion comments
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David Lowery has spent more than a decade helming little-known shorts and features, but he broke through this year with his star-studded drama Ainít Them Bodies Saints that boasts Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, and Casey Affleck in its leads. It seems it was an experience both Lowery and Affleck are ready to replicate as THR reports the pair are re-teaming for a science-fiction tale about the perils of cloning.

Lowery has closed a deal to write and direct an adaptation called To Be Two, inspired but a short story ďTo Be Two or Not to BeĒ from Paul Broksí anthology Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology. Affleck is set to star, and will also produce alongside Jim Wilson, and Sailor Bearís Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston, who both co-produced Ainít Them Bodies Saints. The film is being described as ďa thinking manís sci-fi taleĒ thatís tone will be similar to Rian Johnsonís Looper. Notably, the two films share a similar theme of doubles causing chaos. THR describes ďTo Be Two or Not to BeĒ like so:
ďItís set in a world where teleportation exists and people are scanned, the digital self sent to Mars, reconstructed atom by atom, while the original is vaporized. The story then posits the idea of the teleportation machine malfunctioning and not vaporizing the original person. Who is now real? And how do experiences make them different? And what happens when the authorities want to erase the original person?Ē

While Lowery and Affleck are clearly gung-ho to work together again, itís unknown how soon To Be Two will be able to go into production. For one thing, Lowery has the script to write. But with Ainít Them Bodies Saints having drawn him major attention at its Sundance debut last January, the writer-director has been courting much bigger deals. Last March, Lowery was hired to help Disney reinvent their 1977 mashup of live-action and animation Peteís Dragon. He will pen its script with his writing partner Toby Halbrooks. Then in April Lowery signed on to adapt and direct a 2003 New Yorker article about Forrest Tucker, a career bank robber. Called The Old Man and the Gun, the Robert Redford vehicle is expected to show what happened when Tucker broke out of his retirement community at age 78 and gave bank robbing one last go. For Affleckís part, he has just wrapped on Scott Cooperís Crazy Heart follow-up Out of the Furnace, and is currently in production on Christopher Nolanís mysterious Dark Knight Risesí follow-up Interstellar.

So basically as promising as To Be Two might be, it could well be two or more years before weíll hear more news on it. But in the meantime, you can check out Ainít Them Bodies Saints, which is now in theaters.


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