The film has been earnings critics’ praises across the US and film festivals around the world throughout the year, and it’s finally about to arrive on our shores in the UK, with a Boxing Day release set – and a brilliant new poster and official UK trailer to boot.
With the film now on the cusp of release here, we had the chance to interview director Colin Trevorrow, who makes one of the most memorable feature directorial debuts with Safety Not Guaranteed.
Trevorrow gives us an insight into the development of the script from the first draft through to filming, Mark Duplass’ improve. in the film, and how they found the perfect blend of genres in the editing room.
Trevorrow is re-teaming with writer Derek Connolly once more on their next project, Intelligent Life (previously titled The Ambassador), and he goes into a great bit of detail about that towards the end of the interview. The pair have recently been announced as remaking Flight of the Navigator for Disney, and Trevorrow reveals that Intelligent Life will indeed be shooting before that.
Casting is set to get underway in the New Year, with the script already complete, and I can’t wait to see who they bring on board. Pitching it as almost a kind of companion piece to Safety sounds amazing. And the idea that the stakes are real this time around, with elements of a suspense thriller in there, couldn’t be more enticing.
*Spoiler Alert* If you’re yet to see Safety, then you may want to wait before watching the below interview until after you’ve seen it, as the ending gets discussed a few times.
Vertigo Films have done us all an enormous favour in acquiring the distribution rights for the UK, and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude, because it is absolutely essential that it sees a theatrical release here as well. It is quite simply amazing.
The film has topped no less than half a dozen of our collection of Bloggers’ Top Ten of 2012. And with word that it’s eligible for both Best Original Score and Best Original Song at the Oscars, I’m keeping my fingers very tightly crossed for January’s nominations, in those and other categories. The Indiana Film Journalists Association recently gave the film its top honours for both Best Film and Best Original Screenplay, and I’m hoping that it will come in a little under the radar next month and surprise us all with the handful of nominations it deserves.
Safety Not Guaranteed will be released in the UK on Boxing Day, 26th December, and is available now on DVD and Blu-ray in the US. Wherever you’re reading this from, make sure you see this film as soon as humanly possible. You won’t regret it.