Harmony Korine Working on Screenplay to Star Robert Pattinson

Pattinson at LA premiere of The Rover. Fahad Ali

Pattinson at LA premiere of The Rover. By Fahad Ali

Robert Pattinson has been trying to prove that he’s more than just a sparkling vampire. And he’s doing a pretty good job, working with the likes of David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis, Maps to the Stars) and Werner Herzog (Queen of the Desert) Pattinson has confirmed that he’s capable of being more than just a teen heartthrob.

And now, Harmony Korine is working on a film written specifically for Pattinson.

via Esquire:

Over the last year, he has been diligently making movie after independent movie, in what has been his first stretch of work post-Twilight. And so far, his direction seems clear – he’s working exclusively with auteurs, on films that are not obviously commercial, and in roles that are uniquely challenging and wildly different, one to the next.

Last summer, he finished The Rover in Australia, a dystopian western from David Michôd, who made 2010’s brilliant Animal Kingdom. Pattinson’s performance is already receiving rave reviews. He then spent 10 days on Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg’s merciless satire about Hollywood, followed by Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert in which he plays Lawrence of Arabia. This spring, he made Anton Corbijn’s Life, in which he plays the photographer Dennis Stock, who took iconic photos of celebrities in the Fifties. And later, there’s a crime drama by the French director Olivier Assayas, co-starring Robert De Niro.

These are just the confirmed productions. There’s a long list of other compelling indie projects in the pipeline. A film with James Gray (The Immigrant) based on David Grann’s book The Lost City of Z, and a couple of films that are actually being written for him – Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers), is writing him a gangster movie, set in Miami, and Brady Corbet, one of the killers in Michael Haneke’s blood-chilling Funny Games, is developing a script called Childhood of a Leader. “It’s about the youth of a future dictator in the Thirties,” he says. “Like an amalgamation of Hitler, Mussolini and some others. I don’t want to jinx it, but Brady is like a savant of film. I’ve known him for like eight years, and he’s only 25 now.”

This is an extraordinary résumé he’s building. And he’s doing it with purpose, actively seeking out the filmmakers he admires. He cold-called Harmony Korine and met him for dinner, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “it took me a long time to realise I could do that”.

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It seems that Pattinson is no longer the poster boy for vampire-loving teens and middle-aged moms, and is now becoming the go-to for many auteur filmmakers.

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  • Echar Lailoken

    He better do something extra awesome to earn forgiveness for the blasphemy of sparkly vampires. Cosmopolis was confusing as hell, even Giamatti couldn’t redeem that movie.

    I got it, sparkly boy needs to play a gritty vampire hunter. Perhaps the symbolic act will atone for his sins against the genre.

    • http://www.thecinematika.com The Cinematika

      I don’t feel that negatively towards him. Granted, I’ve never seen any of the Twilight movies (in fact, I don’t think I’ve even seen a trailer for any of them). But he seems to be an alright actor. I’m just, sort of…indifferent to him, I guess.

      • Echar Lailoken

        So far I am unimpressed with his abilities. Even less impressed with his roles.

        *unabashed vampire genre purist

      • Mr B

        Is there really such a thing as a bad professional actor, or just a bad director?

        Aren’t they just obedient puppets?
        I can often hear Mike Leigh’s and Woody Allen’s voices coming through their protagonists.

        Robert de Niro is typically lauded for his Scorsese collaborations, but was awful in Analyze This.

        • http://www.thecinematika.com The Cinematika

          That’s a good point, but I also think a lot of it has to do with the script. I also believe that some actors are able to overcome terrible scripts with acting ability. Your statement is simply too generalizing.

          As far as it all resting on the director, well, I guess it depends if you believe the auteur theory. I do to some extent – I would definitely consider Allen and Scorsese to be auteurs. But, of course, not every director should be considered one.

          It’s interesting that you bring up Analyze That, because you would think Ramis would have been able to pull it off with Crystal and De Niro starring. Considering he directed some comedy classics like Groundhog Day and Caddyshack. I have never actually seen Analyze That, though.

  • Henry Eugene

    When I first read the title of the article I thought it said “Harmony Korine working on screenplay to star Pat Robertson.”

    I like my version better.

    • http://www.thecinematika.com The Cinematika

      Amazing.

  • Mr B

    Is this a Robert Pattinson fanclub?

    There goes my sanctuary from fawning MSM puffery.

    • http://www.thecinematika.com The Cinematika

      More of a Harmony Korine fangirl, actually.

      • Adam’s Shadow

        I have to admit, I’ve never really understood the fascination some people have for that guy. I get that he is technically very good and highly original in how he shoots and directs his films, especially in the sense that he doesn’t script a great deal of his movies, that there is a lot of improv and he retains almost a docudrama feel. But his subject matter and his thematic focus, at least from the two movies of his that I’ve seen (“Kids” and “Gummo”), they basically remind me of the seedier parts of my life growing up. “Gummo” in particular just seems like an average weekend from my twenties dealing with tweekers, peckerwoods, and other fucked-up people. Which I guess is sort of the point, but it doesn’t particularly keep my interest.

        What is the attraction to his films, anyway? I’m honestly asking, and not looking to cast aspersions.

        • http://www.thecinematika.com The Cinematika

          I’ve seen Gummo and Kids (note that Korine only wrote the screenplay for this, Larry Clark actually directed it). I’ve also seen Julien Donkey-Boy, Mister Lonely, and Spring Breakers (I have a VHS copy of Trash Humpers signed by Korine, but I’ve yet to watch it).

          I think you hit the nail on the head, though. He’s technically very good and I find the stories he tells very compelling. Gummo can be seen as an exercise in nihilism.

          I think he definitely solidified my respect with Spring Breakers (though, I was a diehard fan before). Technically, it seems much different than Gummo, especially with his usage of color. But the dreamlike montage sequences are reminiscent of Gummo. The film touches on race, America’s “spring break” culture and our futile attempts to prove our lives having meaning. His choice of former Disney stars was no mistake.

          I think the attraction ultimately relies in his innovation and controversial/off-putting (to some) material.

          • Adam’s Shadow

            Cool; food for thought.

    • Oginikwe

      Never heard of either of them.
      Sigh*

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