I love love love David Gordon Green the young, adventurous filmmaker behind George Washington, All the Real Girls, Undertow and Snow Angels. And I’m glad that he found some strange mainstream success as the helmer of a Judd Apatow stoner-comedy, especially after the heartache which must have come after making a film as good as Snow Angels and seeing its release fall on its ass with the demise of Warner Indepedent. Pineapple Express gave David Gordon Green his only commercial success and he’s capitalising on it, getting numerous projects off the ground while his name is still hot. Why is this good news and bad news?
Good news: According to The Playlist, David Gordon Green is getting two projects off the ground.
A medieval stoner comedy starring Danny McBride and James Franco. Billed as Barry Lyndon-meets-Krull, the movie is a big-scale fantasy with pre-CGI effects such as matte painting, animatronics and puppets.
A riff on the old Amblin films about science geeks who construct a robot that takes on a life of its own.
The bad news: Even though these films both sound pretty incredible and hilarious and quirky, they also sound miles away from what made David Gordon Green so special in the first place. Is there any space in these film pitches for the type of emotions and ideas that David Gordon Green explored in his first four films? I don’t know about you but there’s something just a teensy bit depressing about the idea of David Gordon Green being relegated to making silly retro genre mashes just because he can.