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Primer director Shane Carruth helps with time travel on Rian Johnson's Looper

Jan. 17, 2011by: Dave Davis

Filmmaker Rian Johnson (BRICK, BROTHERS BLOOM) is at work on his latest project LOOPER, a trippy time-travel story about present-day "cleaners" who are delivered criminals from a syndicate in the future to dispose of the bodies so the "evidence" never exists.

Of course, the finished story is bound to be far more complicated and challenging than that. So Johnson has enlisted the assistance of fellow time-travel filmmaker Shane Carruth (above on the LOOPER set), who made the compelling (and maddening) indie PRIMER, a Mobius strip style tale of garage scientists who push themselves into the past with mixed results.

While he's spent the post-PRIMER downtime working on another ambitious sci-fi project called A TOPIARY, Carruth is now helping with effects for the time-travel sequences (per Badass Digest) and probably a bit of chronal displacement advice on Johnson's movie, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt.

You can follow the cryptic updates on Johnson's LOOPER blog, and check out the PRIMER teaser below (but really, just go watch the movie).

Extra Tidbit: Johnson has compared LOOPER to THE TERMINATOR and WITNESS. Wish it was time to see it already...
Source: Looper

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3:02AM on 01/19/2011
cool! Can't wait for a trailer! We need more realy great time travel films!
cool! Can't wait for a trailer! We need more realy great time travel films!
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5:19PM on 01/18/2011

geek the fuck out

this is perfect. brick + primer = yus yus yus yus yus yus yus!
this is perfect. brick + primer = yus yus yus yus yus yus yus!
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3:52PM on 01/18/2011

Great to hear Carruth is still in the business

Why isn't Shane Carruth directing more films? Primer was an excellent debut!
Why isn't Shane Carruth directing more films? Primer was an excellent debut!
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12:48PM on 01/18/2011

Can't. Fucking. Wait.

Is it 2012 yet?
Is it 2012 yet?
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12:47PM on 01/18/2011
I concur about Primer's brilliance, it's one of the best low budget sci-fi films ever made, freak, it's one of the best in relation to any budget.

It's like the Inception of no budget films, even if they aren't both about time travel, the world they created on such a small scale with limited resources was epic, thought provoking, suspenseful and compelling.They were so effective in the execution of the concept, flawless to be exact, that you actually believe this is a possibility.

This is
I concur about Primer's brilliance, it's one of the best low budget sci-fi films ever made, freak, it's one of the best in relation to any budget.

It's like the Inception of no budget films, even if they aren't both about time travel, the world they created on such a small scale with limited resources was epic, thought provoking, suspenseful and compelling.They were so effective in the execution of the concept, flawless to be exact, that you actually believe this is a possibility.

This is great news.

The A Topiary movie has me more excited though.

Hell, i'd love to see what these guys could do with even double the budget of Primer :)
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5:22AM on 01/18/2011
Rian's smart for seeking Shane's creative input. 'Primer' (among my favorites) is one of the most realistic and fascinating time travel movies ever made. I recently watched the DVD commentary and Shane's explanation of how he pulled off the many practical effects was very impressive.
Rian's smart for seeking Shane's creative input. 'Primer' (among my favorites) is one of the most realistic and fascinating time travel movies ever made. I recently watched the DVD commentary and Shane's explanation of how he pulled off the many practical effects was very impressive.
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3:43AM on 01/18/2011

I loved "Primer" clever well written

I was wondering what happened to the "Primer" guy(s). It showed that w/a good script & an original idea, you don't need a lot of money to make a good film. I know it went over a lot of people's heads, but it was even better the second time around. The Script was great & bizarre & well done. I know it cost something like 7K to make so it was a great for those guys to make something like 50 times what it cost to do. I can't remember, but I think it was shot in Black & white too which was
I was wondering what happened to the "Primer" guy(s). It showed that w/a good script & an original idea, you don't need a lot of money to make a good film. I know it went over a lot of people's heads, but it was even better the second time around. The Script was great & bizarre & well done. I know it cost something like 7K to make so it was a great for those guys to make something like 50 times what it cost to do. I can't remember, but I think it was shot in Black & white too which was cool. It doesn't work most of the time, but it suited the movie brilliantly. It really was a good movie & I'll be curious to see what this guy can do w/a decent budget, you know like 15K!
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12:49AM on 01/18/2011
Primer was amazing, one of my favorites, and this sounds like a cool concept.
Primer was amazing, one of my favorites, and this sounds like a cool concept.
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11:28PM on 01/17/2011
Brick is one of my favorie movies, so I am very excited to see Levitt and Johnson reteam.

Seriously, if you have never seen Brick. Go see it. It's amazing.
Brick is one of my favorie movies, so I am very excited to see Levitt and Johnson reteam.

Seriously, if you have never seen Brick. Go see it. It's amazing.
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11:15PM on 01/17/2011

Hell yeah!

But I'd really like Shane Carruth to get A Topiary started, because Primer was brilliant (even if it took 12 watches, and a ton of online research to understand)
But I'd really like Shane Carruth to get A Topiary started, because Primer was brilliant (even if it took 12 watches, and a ton of online research to understand)
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