Ben Wheatley set to direct High-Rise
An adaptation of JG Ballard's 1975 novel High-Rise has been added to director Ben Wheatley's list of projects...
After the unique release experiment for his latest film, A Field in England, Ben Wheatley has lined up his next project and it's an adaptation of JG Ballard's High-Rise. The book looks at an affluent community isolated in the titular high rise who soon form violent tribes, and normal society events such as cocktail parties turn to chaos as the factions do battle.
Wheatley said of the project, when chatting to Screen Daily, that "I love Ballard's work. This project started out with me looking at my bookcase, seeing the book, and thinking: 'that would make a great film'". He continued adding that "I started to look into the who had the rights for the book and that led me to Jeremy [Thomas], who has made some of my favourite films. It took me a few meetings just to get over the typewriter he has from Naked Lunch in his office".
Wheatley went on to address the material. "The idea is true to Ballard. It is such a rich and interesting time that it seemed a shame to set it anywhere other than England ... the scope of the film is exciting. It will be challenging, like Crash, but it's not as dark as Kill List. The book is pretty out there, though".
The film is set for a UK-based 2014 shoot. You can be sure we'll be keeping you posted on it.
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