Compliance Director Craig Zobel Lines Up New Pic At Focus Features
Like it or hate it, Craig Zobelís button-pushing Sundance hit Compliance is earning the director attention as it continues to expand into more theaters in multiple cities. And Zobelís now proving that heís smarter than the average director because heís parlaying the short-lived (but well-deserved) recognition into at least one new gig. Strike while the iron is hot, sir.
Focus Features is getting into business with Zobel, buying an untitled pitch from the writer-director - and thatís all you are going to get, because producers Jack Turner (Cold Weather) and Nicholas Shumaker (Another Earth) have decided to keep Zobelís logline ďunder wraps,Ē according to Variety.
Weíre interested in what type of story Zobel plans to tell, but Focus likely needs to figure out when heís going to be ready to tell it. The director recently signed on to direct the apocalyptic zombie thriller Z for Zachariah with Tobey Maguire, so that could put this untitled thriller on the backburner. Thereís also the danger that Zobelís rising star will have cooled if Z doesnít deliver the same precise tensions of Compliance (which we enjoyed).
For now, weíre willing to give Zobel the benefit of the doubt. If you saw Compliance (and you should) or even his earlier film, Great Wall of Sound, you know that heís got talent behind the lens. Itís wholly possible that he could develop into the next J.J. Abrams, who has the power to cast a shadow over a personal project like Super 8, which he wrote and directed. But itís a little too early to get majorly excited about the next Zobel ďjoint,Ē until we see a few more of his features.
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