Fans of Joe HIll's novel Horns are likely to be eagerly anticipating the release of the feature adaptation, which stars Daniel Radcliffe as the horned lead character Ig. While the film is still without a release date, word is, production wrapped on the movie this week, and there have been a few interesting updates and glimpses of the movie in the last week or so that are well worth sharing.
Directed by Alexandre Aja, Horns tells the story of Ig Perrish, a guy who wakes up after a drinking binge to find he's sprouted a set of horns and the not-entirely-voluntary ability to draw people's darkest thoughts from them and persuade them to carry them out. Ig eventually begins to see the benefit to this ability when he decides to use it to investigate his girlfriend Merrin's murder, which took place a year prior.
Author Joe Hill tweeted today that Horns wrapped yesterday:
We got our first look at Radcliffe in horns back in October, and this recent preview for ET Canada's set visit for the film gives us a few new glimpses of the movie when it was in production, including a scene where Radcliffe's Ig gets up to some mischief by suggesting two people have a fight.
We also see Ig walking into a pub, which is later on fire.
Radcliffe's full interview with ET Canada offers more details about the story and his character Ig.
Apparently, part of getting into character for this film includes listening to metal and the song "Devil in Me" by 22-20s. Musical inspiration and talk of wearing horns for a role are certainly interesting, but the best part of the interview may have been at the end when Radcliffe sums up what the story is all about.
"In a way, that's what the film is about. It's about what we can become when the circumstances of our life kind of conspire to put us at our worst point. Without giving too much away, there's a moment when somebody asks why this is happening to him. And he doesn't know, that's the honest answer, but he just says, 'Without Merrin, this is what I became.' And there is a real truth to that. I think what's so heartbreaking for Ig is that he was in love with this girl and they've been together for a long time. And not only did he lose her, but he also lost the person that he was with her. And he knows at the beginning of the story that he has no hope of ever re-finding that in himself."
Summed up like that, it sounds like the movie aims to capture some of the best the source material has to offer, and as a fan of the book, that's very encouraging. I wasn't prepared for just how much I would love the book (and just hearing Radcliffe talk about the story makes me want to reread it), so I'm very hopeful that the film will do the story justice.
In related news, Max Minghella, who plays Lee in the film, shared this photo of himself (all the way on the right), Daniel Radcliffe, Alexandre Aja and Joe Anderson, stating, "That's a wrap on #Horns. Privilege to work for Alex Aja. Thank you @joe_hill for all your support. Crazy movie!"
The movie is expected to arrive at some point next year (2013). With the film wrapped, hopefully we'll hear word of a release date soon.