You read that correctly; Woody Harrelson will be directing and starring in Lost in London. We’ve had 3D, we’ve had IMAX and now, for the first time ever, we’ll be getting an entirely live film. Woody Harrelson won’t be alone in the film. Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson will also be starring in the single-camera film.
According to Harrelson, in an interview with EW, the idea for the film came about 15 years ago after a fateful night where a smashed ashtray took him on a series of misfortunate events. Cue Harrelson:
“That was when I spent a night in jail here in London. But in this film, the whole night starts bad and keeps getting progressively worse. At the time, in real life, it was completely unfunny. But then later I thought about it later and I said, “There’s comedy in this.””
In the teaser for the film, posted below, we get a sense it will be more entertaining than a sad voyage of realisation. Although, Harrelson says that:
“…its [Lost in London] a deep, soul-searching comedy. It’s about a guy who has it all and runs the risk of losing it all. And then hopefully ends up with this shot at redemption. I don’t wanna give away too much of what goes on in the plot.”
Shooting a film live has all sorts of obstacles. If the weather takes a turn for the worst, how will Harrelson and his team cope? In the interview, he remains optimistic:
“What I’ve realized during the course of this journey so far is that there are a lot of obstacles. It’s never been done before and there are probably ample reasons for that. It’s probably inevitable that there will be accidents. Which is hopefully what intrigues people to come see it. Is it going to be a disaster? I can’t say for sure.”
If production does face big problems during the filming, we’d probably forgive them. With the whole heap of bad films out there in which hours of time have been spent in post-production, Lost in London surely has one up in that department already.
Lost in London will premiere in cinemas worldwide on January 19th.
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