Am I the only one who asks every 4-5 years or so where Mary Harron is? I know, she did the Anna Nicole movie on Lifetime last year, but I kinda like to forget that ever happened, so that I can go back to pining away for the real Mary Harron. You know, the one who gave us the great American Psycho. Like so many awesome female directors before and after her, too many release great projects and end up flailing in the wind afterward.
But wait, Harron may be making a minor comeback. And I am so here for it. I've just received a press release from Magnet Releasing announcing that Harron and other cool women filmmakers will be teaming up for the horror anthology, XX. The project will feature short horror films from not only Harron but Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer's Body), Jennifer Lynch (Surveillance), and Jovanka Vuckovic (The Guest). Each film will be directed by a woman and the cast will be led by a woman. How cool is that?! The project is being produced by XYZ Films, which brought us The Raid.
And the cherry on the pie is that each filmmaker has been given creative rein (barring budget and time constraints). I. AM. SO. READY. FOR THIS. But I'm going to try to tame my expectations given the fact that I am not so love with Magnet's recent horror anthology films (*cough* ABCs of Death and V/H/S *cough*). I will remain hopeful, and I really need these filmmakers to win at life. I really do.
XYZ's Todd Brown has already got me hyped. His statement from the press release: "We believe strongly in fostering the best talents around the world at XYZ. We believe different perspectives are what keep storytelling fresh and exciting and hope that XX can help to encourage more female writers and directors to explore the genre world. And we know the ones we have for this first effort are going to absolutely kick ass."
Just like that, I'm sold.
XX will be completed in 2015. I'll keep you updated as I learn more.