Hot on the heels of a different announcement about Werner Herzog’s collaboration with Nic Cage comes words of an even stranger paring. The Hollywood Reporter reports that a film co-written by Herzog and his longtime assistant director Herbert Golder will be produced by David Lynch and his Absurda production company.
My Son, My Son is based on the true story of a man who, based upon a play by Sophocles, kills his mother with a sword. Lynchian enough already, the film will tell the story in a flashback structure. Also following Lynch’s style, it will be shot in DV rather than film. My Son was actually delayed in order for Herzog to work with Cage while his schedule allows. He’ll also be tight on shooting afterwards, since he’s signed on to shoot The Piano Tuner this fall. With his documentary Encounters at the End of the World out this summer, even for Herzog, 2008 is one prolific year.
As odd a collaboration as Herzog and Lynch may be (and trust us, it’s odd), even more unlikely comes the announcement that Lynch and Absurda will be working on a film with Alejandro Jodorowsky. Best known for his series of surreal, mind-bending Fando y Lis, El Topo and The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky hasn’t made a film since 1990. Jodorowsky certainly shares a lot more common ground with Lynch, but hearing of any new project by the Chilean 79-year-old is a bit incredible.
Jodorowsky’s film will be the metaphysical gangster movie King Shot. Already guaranteed to be NC-17 (no surprise given his earlier works), the film features Marilyn Manson as a 300-year old pope and will star Nick Nolte.
Meanwhile, Lynch is spending any time he’s not producing on his own project according to Hollywood Today. A “Lynch-esque documentary,” (as if he could direct any other kind), it’s a road movie where he speaks with regular folks on the meaning of life and discusses the ’60s with Donovan and John Hagelin. Looks like these days Lynch may be just as busy as Herzog.