Director David Gordon Green was long ago considered the heir apparent to Terence Malick for his earlier, earthy films like All The Real Girls and Undertow. That was until he got mixed up with the wrong crowd and started making comedies like Pineapple Express and the awful Medieval stoner fantasy Your Highness: much of his hip indie cred had evaporated as he became collaborators with Danny McBride.
Well, okay: that’s somewhat untrue. His work as a consulting producer and frequent director of McBride’s HBO show Eastbound and Down resulted in the most cinematic television comedy we’ve ever seen (seriously). And judging by the praise his latest film ‘Prince Avalanche’ received at Sundance this year, he could be on his way back to becoming one of America’s most promising auteurs.
The film stars Paul Rudd as a man who takes his girlfriend’s brother (Emile Hirsch) on a summer-long job to paint lines on a highway. Based on an Icelandic film Either Way, it’s essentially a road movie on foot which sees an unlikely friendship blossom between two very different men.
There’s no word on a UK opening date yet, but it’s getting a couple of festival screenings this summer which would suggest a release later this year or early next year. So keep your eyes peeled!