The Director of The Lobster Is Making A TV Dark Comedy Starring Kirsten Dunst
Whether you loved it, were intrigued by it, or didn't warm to its absurdist scenario, The Lobster was one of the most intriguing films to grace cinemas screens in 2015 (for the record, we're in the first camp). What does a filmmaker do once he's made a Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly and Olivia Colman-starring dystopian flick about single folks being forced to attend a romance bootcamp to find love within 45 days — and get turned into the animal of their choosing if they fail? If you're Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, you make a TV dark comedy starring Kirsten Dunst.
On Becoming a God In Central Florida will focus on "the cult of free enterprise and one woman's relentless pursuit of the American Dream in the early '90s," as first reported in Deadline. Fresh from trifling with frosty crime in the Fargo television series, Dunst will play recently-widowed Orlando water park employee Krystal Gill, who "lies, schemes and cons her way up the ranks of Founders American Merchandise — the cultish, flag-waving, multibillion-dollar pyramid scheme that drove her to ruin in the first place."
The show is being developed by AMC, aka the American network behind the likes of Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, and will be executive produced by George Clooney. There's no word yet on any other cast members.
Still, as is always the case when it comes to the helmer behind not only The Lobster, but unconventional (to say the least) family drama Dogtooth and 2012 Sydney Film Festival winner Alps, it sounds mighty interesting. Alas, Lanthimos isn't writing the script, so it mightn't be quite as weird as his big screen ventures — which will also include the surgeon-centric The Killing of a Sacred Deer with Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Alicia Silverstone sometime this year.
If you're wondering, yes, the worlds of film and television are continuing to collide, not that they were ever really that separate to begin with. Add On Becoming a God In Central Florida to your must-see small screen list for an as-yet-unannounced date in the future, alongside a heap of other shows with movie ties — such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; the What We Do in the Shadows spinoff; Studio Ghibli's first TV show, Ronja the Robber's Daughter; and every other flick you can think of that's either already getting or is bound to receive the television treatment.
Published on January 07, 2017 by Sarah Ward