Paul Haggis has been a little under the radar as of late and everyone keeps asking when he will make a new film. And not just any new film, but one that will match his directorial debut, the Oscar winning film Crash. Since Crash, Haggis has directed two more features: In The Vally Of Elah and The Next Three Days. I loved both films but neither reached the same level as Crash.
For those still hoping that Haggis has another good film left in him, today may be your lucky day. The director is readying a new film titled Third Person, with two of supporting cast members from The Next Three Days, Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde.
Neeson spoke with Talk Talk and told them the following:
“I’m doing a movie in September for four weeks with Olivia Wilde. We have some serious love-making to do so I have some push-ups to do. It’s a really interesting part and I get to go to bed with Olivia Wilde! It’s a small film. It’s a really interesting script. It’s a love story between different couples. I play a writer – or at least, I think so at the minute. It’s about a writer trying to get over a tragic death that he emotionally tries to access through the characters he writes about. He imagines their reactions to this tragic death of a kid drowning in a swimming pool”
Vulture also recently spoke to Haggis and he had this to say:
“It’s about three story lines, three love stories, three relationships in three different cities that combine in a very odd way: New York, Paris, Rome. Liam Neeson is one of them, I can say that. The woman he’s in a relationship with…will be played by Olivia Wilde…I can’t tell you who else.”
As for the rest of the cast and the other two stories, everything is being keep tight-lipped. However, Talk Talk also stated in their article that Jude Law will be in the film. This hasn’t been confirmed though but we should hear more on it soon seeing as production is about to get underway.
The film has me intrigued and it sounds like an interesting role for Neeson, who has recently been on an action film binge. It will be nice to see him take on something more dramatic and serious, it’s been a while.
Hopefully this will be a return to form for Haggis, who has been struggling to give us something as good as Crash for several years now. The film does sound like it has potential and if he can bring on some more A-list talent, I think he’ll have a hit on his hands.
What do you think? Can Haggis give us another exceptional feature or will Third Person be just another mediocre film?