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Michael Haneke abandons "old age" film, makes internets moobie instead

02.16.2010

Michael Haneke (THE WHITE RIBBON, FUNNY GAMES, CACHÉ) is a bastard of a film director. And for that, I love him. But I also kind of hate him now because it looks like he's cribbing an idea I had for a script (when I'm not writing for JoBlo, I do many other things, namely, being a unsuccessful screenwriter) about the internet, relationships, and lolcats. Damn you, Haneke!

But first, what he's not doing. It was being reported last fall that Haneke would helm CES DEUX (which literally translates to "These Two" or "Both"). According to ScreenDaily, the film would be about "humiliation and the physical deterioration of the aged." And IONCINEMA.COM reported that CES DEUX would have a "strong musical element" as well, which is honestly just weird as f*ck. But in any case, it's all moot. Haneke moved off the film "after seeing a Canadian project on a similar subject." Any guesses as to what that project was?

And now, Teh Internets. While the previous project completely sounded like something Haneke would do, this new internet idea could potentially be even more interesting. But we'll have to wait to find out as nothing is known about the film other than that it's "about the internet" and that it will "shoot around the world, in locations ranging from Japan to the US."

The yet-to-be-titled film is now in the scripting stage with the screenplay expected to be delivered by September.
Extra Tidbit: Haneke's THE WHITE RIBBON was the winner of the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival.
Source: ScreenDaily

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