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Primer director Shane Carruth moving forward with The Modern Ocean

09.23.2015
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Deadline is reporting that PRIMER and UPSTREAM COLOR filmmaker Shane Carruth has signed with WME, and that the agency will help get the ball rolling on his next movie, a nautical action adventure flick titled THE MODERN OCEAN. The project will be Carruth's first big-budget effort, and although I doubt it will have a huge price tag, he will still have a lot more money to work with compared to his previous films.

Not much is known about THE MODERN OCEAN, but last month Carruth told Motherboard that it will feature an ensemble cast, with ten primary roles and twenty supporting roles, and explained why the story is set at sea.

The ocean is not policed in any kind of perfect way. And a lot of things happen out there that, you know, it's sort of every man for himself or every group of men for themselves. And it tests everything. It tests everyone's loyalty, because there is no one to run to and say "someone did something bad, I need to call the cops!" You have to deal with it right there with the means at your disposal. So that was the number one reason, because I've got a story where I need that. I need to have my characters all making choices that are a combination or compromise between loyalty and their own motives and that gives me that playing field.

Carruth also said "I'm constantly interested in the politics, interactions between different personalities, different characters," and "That's what this boils down to: it erupts into a big action film, essentially, but the reasons why it does are the reasons the story exists." There's no word yet on when production might start or when it will be released, but if things move forward quickly, THE MODERN OCEAN could open as early as late 2016.

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12:42PM on 09/23/2015
Loved both Primer and Upstream Color, though I'm curious how his particular style will translate to a big-budget action film. Whatever happens, I'm sure it'll at least be interesting.
Loved both Primer and Upstream Color, though I'm curious how his particular style will translate to a big-budget action film. Whatever happens, I'm sure it'll at least be interesting.
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12:09PM on 09/23/2015
Hope it'll be more like Primer than Upstream Color. Both the film and Carruth's perfomance in it is abysmal.
Hope it'll be more like Primer than Upstream Color. Both the film and Carruth's perfomance in it is abysmal.
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10:54AM on 09/23/2015
Sounds extremely interesting.
Sounds extremely interesting.
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10:01AM on 09/23/2015

Primer...

Primer was one of the most amazing movie I saw in the last 15 years, specialy for a time travel movie fan like me.
I was expecting Shane Carruth to become a great director in Hollywood and bring exciting scy-fy movies, but instead of that, he went under the radar, Upstream Color was not released in my country (nor theaters nor dvd/blu-ray). I doubt that new movie will get a worldwide release, but i will try to catch it !
Primer was one of the most amazing movie I saw in the last 15 years, specialy for a time travel movie fan like me.
I was expecting Shane Carruth to become a great director in Hollywood and bring exciting scy-fy movies, but instead of that, he went under the radar, Upstream Color was not released in my country (nor theaters nor dvd/blu-ray). I doubt that new movie will get a worldwide release, but i will try to catch it !
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9:34AM on 09/23/2015
Is this the same project he was trying to get made with Fincher years ago? Wasn't it like 400 pages or something? Anyways, surprised it took him so long to sign with a real agency. It's always funny watching the critics act like they have to make special considerations for his films they wouldn't make for other directors.
Is this the same project he was trying to get made with Fincher years ago? Wasn't it like 400 pages or something? Anyways, surprised it took him so long to sign with a real agency. It's always funny watching the critics act like they have to make special considerations for his films they wouldn't make for other directors.
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