No, not our Duke.
Deadline reports that an upcoming feature from writer/director Edson Oda will tell the story of a series of interviews conducted by a reclusive figure (played by Black Panther‘s Winston Duke) in which “personifications of human souls” are examined in depth, in a cabin somewhere apart from our reality and presumably over the course of Nine Days.
Deadpool 2‘s Zazie Beetz, Bill Skarsgård from It, Avengers: Infinity War‘s Benedict Wong and The Revival‘s David Rysdahl are all attached to star.
Brazillian-born Oda is most well known for his commercials and shorts works and will be debuting his first full length feature sometime this Summer; he’s a 2017 Sundance Screenwriters Lab Fellow and this film is developed through the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program Labs.
Nine Days is co-produced between Juniper Productions, Mandalay Pictures, Nowhere, and MACRO, in association with The Space Program, Mansa Productions, Oak Street Pictures, 30WEST, and Datari Turner Productions
Producers Berman, Kongsved and Tunstall (from Mandalay and Nowhere) state:
“This is one of the most beautiful and complex human stories we’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of, so eloquently spanning across cultures and vantage points, yet set in a world that we’ve never experienced before. Being able to partake in creating something so wholly original, and facilitating the realisation of Edson’s singular vision with the help of this outrageously talented cast and crew, is truly exciting”
To me, I’m imagining a ton of high concept spiritual notions being explored here, with shades of The Fountain, Cloud Atlas, What Dreams May Come and Sense8 transposed into an allegorical “speaky” setting. That’s not necessarily an offputting thing, to this day I maintain that one of the finest science fiction films, a treasure of zen-like simplicity, is Richard Schenkman’s The Man From Earth. Carried entirely by an intelligent script and surprisingly talented actors, sometimes a thought provoking conversation is the best way to express complex notions and deep questions.
What do you guys think? Any interest in seeing exactly what Oda has in mind with Nine Days?
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