The “SCREAM” awards last night had a few shining moments. Sigourney Weaver popping out of an Alien egg sac was awesome, as was the scene from “The Walking Dead”, but overall the night involved far too much “Toy Story 3”, but whatever, that’s beside the point.
One of the highlights of the evening was the premiere of another R-Rated clip from James Gunn’s “Super”. The violent action-comedy stars Rainn Wilson, Liv Tyler, Ellen Page, and Kevin Bacon.
Here’s a synopsis via /Film:
When sad sack Frank D’Arbo (Wilson) sees his ex-addict wife (Tyler) willingly snatched by a seductive drug dealer (Bacon), he finds himself unable to cope. But when the finger of God blesses his brain (don’t ask), D’Arbo decides to fight back under the guise of a DIY superhero called Crimson Bolt. In order to get his wife back, he must first fight his way up the criminal ranks, and he begins by taking a monkey wrench to the foreheads of a couple who cut in line at the movies. As Crimson Bolt begins to make the headlines, a young woman from the local comic book store (Page) joins in on the fun as his sexually charged sidekick, Boltie.
Really? Rainn Wilson is married to Liv Tyler? Even as a junkie that’s a pretty good get for him. Way to go, buddy, you’re moving up in the world.
“Super” was picked up by IFC at the Toronto Film Festival. According to Gunn, the film will have a very specific release strategy.
“Super” will be released in at least 15 of the top 25 markets in the U.S. But we are going to meet the market’s demands. We are not going to make the mistakes many other R-rated superhero movies made, and try to appeal to everyone…this is not a movie for everyone. It is for those of us who are a little off-center. Its violence and humor and tonal shifts are all purposefully jarring, so it’s for people with more extreme tastes. Right now we have a film made on a very limited budget, which can easily make its money back. So, although there will be a theatrical release, it will not be released into two thousand theaters across the country unless somehow the market demands it.”
That appears to be a sound approach that will allow the film to be marketed as what it is, rather than a movie like “Kick-Ass”, which, despite the overall darkness and violence of the film, was advertised like a light-hearted superhero comedy.
I must be “a little off-center” and have “extreme tastes”, because this clip made me really want to watch “Super”, and I think you’re a little off-center as well.