In Their Skin director wants to make a dark comedy
4:00 PM on 10.19.2012 // Alec Kubas-Meyer@AlecJKM
Earlier in the year, a wonderful little home invasion film called Replicas won the Best Feature Film Award from the Tribeca Film Festival. Fast forward to now, and the film has a fresh coat of paint (rebranding it as In Their Skin) and a VOD release thanks to IFC Midnight, with a theatrical release coming next month. I got a chance to talk with director Jeremy Power Regimbal about life, the universe, and everything, and of course I had to find out what was next from him. And it wasn't really the answer I was expecting.
The next [film] that I’m hoping to get together to direct is a dark comedy with a little bit of action elements and that. I kind of would prefer to jump around and not be peg-holed into one thing, which I think is hard in the film industry, because everyone is like, “Oh no no no, you’re the thriller guy. You did this, so that’s all you can do.” I would love to fight that whole way of thinking
I always appreciate directors who have some genre flexibility in their work, so I am completely behind this line of thinking. I'm also very curious to see what the team behind In Their Skin can do with comedy. I'm definitely looking forward to it, whatever it is. More of Regimbal's thoughts about future projects (as well as added context to the thought above) can be found below.
What are you working on next?
We have about… how our company works is there’s a magazine and film production company and there’s three of us: Josh, the writer and lead [of In Their Skin]; Justin, who was the producer; and me. And we work in a collective, so we have about five or six different scripts that are in development. One of them is, believe it or not, a dark comedy instead of a thriller. You know, we’re kind of dabbling in all areas, and we’re hoping to shoot something early spring and summer of next year. But it’s kind of all over the place. We have a dark dramatic love story, and a couple of others that are thrillers. More like Fincher kind of crime mystery thrillers rather than closer to like a… there won’t be any more home invasion movies I don’t think. It’s kind of all over the place, but there’s the collective of the three of us who are going to be putting films together over the next year.
You don’t feel constrained by genre then?
No, I love dark stories in general [laughs]. I tend to watch a lot of thrillers, but the whole collective, we’re all very different people, and we’re into anything that’s a great story. The next one that I’m hoping to get together to direct is a dark comedy with a little bit of action elements and that. I kind of would prefer to jump around and not be peg-holed into one thing, which I think is hard in the film industry, because everyone is like, “Oh no no no, you’re the thriller guy. You did this, so that’s all you can do.” I would love to fight that whole way of thinking [laughs].
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