Ad Astra is one of the biggest expectations of writing for the year 2019.
Twenty-four-year career, James Gray has long been carried out in the heart of New York. Of his natal town of Brighton Beach portrayed in Little Odessa in the business mafia of the subways of the city in The Yards, through the confrontation of fraternal The Night belongs to us, the romance in a trio of Two Lovers , and the european immigration of the 20th years in The Immigrant, the Big Apple has earned a good part of his filmography.
In 2017, the director has left his land of predilection for sinking in the amazon jungle with The Lost City of Z (and adored by a good part of the drafting of Wide Screen). In 2019, it will go even further as he lead us into space with Ad Astra.
James Gray on the set of the Lost City of Z
Present at the International Film Festival of Marrakech, the american filmmaker has expressed on many points, particularly his last passage on the Croisette with The Immigrant. He also gave some brief information on the progress of its science-fiction film as relayed by Variety.
As well, he explained that he was in the editing of the film, and it comprised more than 600 plans to consider. “We are far from finished,” said James Gray, explaining de facto why the release of his film has been pushed back from January to may 2019 :
“I’ve focused a lot because I didn’t want to be confronted with a release date […] a lot of science-fiction movies often contain plans which are not pretty” because they suffer the dates imposed by retailers or producers and do not complete the work properly, according to him.
Joaquin Phoenix and James Gray on the set of the Immigrant
As a reminder, Ad Astra will tell the story of Roy McBride (Brad Pitt), an engineer with autism who goes in search of his father (Tommy Lee Jones) lost in space twenty years earlier after his departure for Neptune. Described as a mix of Apocalypse Now, 2001, a space odyssey, Blade Runner, and Metropolis, we look forward to discovering it on the big screen.
In France, he would normally wait until may 22, 2019… For a presentation at Cannes, in spite of the criticisms addressed by the director at the Festival ?