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Rian Johnson's pitch reel for Looper presents a much different and darker movie

Oct. 12, 2012by:

Director Rian Johnson is not content for his movies to be the final result we see on the big screen. In fact, he is the polar opposite of Christopher Nolan. Johnson has already released a commentary track to be listened to while LOOPER is watched theatrically and has now revealed his pitch reel for the movie.

Created with the assistance of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this early trailer presents the backbone for what the final version of LOOPER would be, albeit with a different tone. Johnson even went so far as to explain this video for us.

Per Johnson: "This is a strange curiosity I thought might be interesting - just after I finished the script for Looper but before we began preproduction I asked Joe to record some voice-over, and with help from my friend Ronen Verbit constructed this 'fake trailer' using clips from other movies. This is a fairly common thing to do when you're trying to get a movie off the ground, but it was the first time I tried it. It was meant to show more some of the film's tone, and to show how the odd concept could be presented in a clear and compelling way in the marketing. Zach Johnson did the sketches. Note that we hadn't begun the casting process yet, and the clips were chosen just based on their visuals and not by who is in them."

LOOPER is fantastic and alongside BRICK presents a glowing opening filmography for a director I am sure we will all continue to hear about for years to come. I love seeing these test/sizzle/pitch videos from various filmmakers. It gives us an alternate glimpse into what may have been. Sometimes the end result is better and sometimes what the original vision could have been so much better. In the case of LOOPER, I almost wish we had gotten both versions.

LOOPER is now playing in theaters.

Extra Tidbit: How many of the clips Johnson used from existing movies can you name?
Source: SlashFilm

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1:45PM on 10/13/2012

This is old...

LOL I saw this already. Movie owns sooooo much though. :)
LOL I saw this already. Movie owns sooooo much though. :)
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10:06PM on 10/12/2012
As with EvilDeadKing, I don't see anything, only the voice.
As with EvilDeadKing, I don't see anything, only the voice.
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6:12PM on 10/12/2012
That was a laughably bad pitch reel to what ultimately amounted to an average movie.
That was a laughably bad pitch reel to what ultimately amounted to an average movie.
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8:02PM on 10/12/2012
Yeah, it was so bad that it convinced a studio to invest millions of dollars into it.

You should create a pitch and convince a studio to give you millions of dollars. Keep us updated on how it goes!
Yeah, it was so bad that it convinced a studio to invest millions of dollars into it.

You should create a pitch and convince a studio to give you millions of dollars. Keep us updated on how it goes!
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4:50PM on 10/12/2012
This seems like the exact movie that we got (a great fucking movie). The only difference is that this made for a better trailer than what we got.

This seems like the exact movie that we got (a great fucking movie). The only difference is that this made for a better trailer than what we got.

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3:48PM on 10/12/2012

totally disagree

that was neat, but that was VERY similar to what we got and really not much darker than the final version, if at all. Sorry but I just don't see that at all... well made pitch trailer though, that's for sure.
that was neat, but that was VERY similar to what we got and really not much darker than the final version, if at all. Sorry but I just don't see that at all... well made pitch trailer though, that's for sure.
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3:48PM on 10/12/2012
I can hear it but the images are all blurry.
I can hear it but the images are all blurry.
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