Well, they’re calling it a double feature. Here’s the deal–Deadline says that Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton have signed on to star in two films, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers.” The two films will show different perspectives of the same story. You get bonus points if you figure out that one POV is “his” and one is “hers.”
Ned Benson is writing and directing both scripts. Kirk D’Amico, CEO of Myriad Pictures, is very excited about the project:
“Ned has created rich and engaging characters. They are complex, and it is unique to have two different scripts to tell the story. It doesn’t matter which script you read first, you absolutely want to read the other perspective.”
You know, it seems to me that it would be more interesting to have different writers and directors for each film. I’d give two writers the same outline, tell one the protagonist is the male and the other that the protagonist is the female and see what happens. I’d like to see that. But it looks like I won’t.
In case you were wondering, both movies will be able to stand on their own:
“We have to make both films work on their own, both for the buyers but also for the audiences. Together these films will describe a fully, more complete look at these characters and their lives.”
You know what will be really annoying? If you see one of the films, go to buy a ticket to the second, there’s a mix-up and you suddenly find yourself sitting in the theater saying, “Hey…I saw this one already…”
No word on when exactly this will happen, but Myriad is bringing the project to the Berlin Film Festival to drum up interest.