Short story movie anthologies are a pretty tough sell even when you’re attracting big time talent both behind the lense and in front of it.? I could see this format lend itself nicely to internet distribution.
Following up on Paris, Je’taime, the producers are tackling love in the burroughs of New York City, with appropriately enough New York, I Love You.? There are several stories from noted directors Zach Braff, Mira Nair, Park Chan-Wook, Yvan Attal, Wang Xiaoshuai, Emanuele Crialese, Andrei Zvyagintsev, Albert and Allen Hughes, Joshua Marston, Fatih Akin, Jiang Wen, Brett Ratner, Randall Balsmeyer, Shunji Iwai, Shekhar Kapur, Natalie Portman, and Scarlett Johansson.
Besides having only heard of a handful of directors, none of them are intricately linked to the Big Apple (not like say Woody Allen, Martin Scorcese or even to a significantly lesser extent Ed Burns, okay much lesser but you get the idea).? Plus, Brett Ratner.? What’s up with that?
The film’s ensemble cast includes: Kevin Bacon, Maggie Q, Orlando Bloom, James Caan, Hayden Christensen, Blake Lively, Julie Christie, Chris Cooper, Drea de Matteo, Carla Gugino, Ethan Hawke, John Hurt, Shia LaBeouf, Natalie Portman, Rachel Bilson, Christina Ricci, Olivia Thirlby, Robin Wright Penn, Anton Yelchin, Burt Young and more.
And despite loving the Parisian version of this movie, which inherently lends itself to romanticism and love in a way no other city does, I’m not sure I’m going to swallow a glossy wet kiss to New? York.? Yeah, I get that it’s a great city and I love visiting, but it’s not quite on par with other US cities.
It’s the logical choice for a follow up in this type of anthology I’m just wondering if there’s going to be a love letter to the congestion, bus fumes, rudeness, snobby center-of-the-universe mentality, rat cage claustrophobia, et cetera.? New York’s great and all, but seriously – Brett Ratner?
The movie, which is just about complete, will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival and then hit stateside sometime in February 2009. Word on the street is that Shanghai will be next.