The Card Counter, il nuovo film di Paul Schrader con Oscar Isaac, prodotto da Focus Features, era quasi terminato. Restavano da girare “a number of scenes in the prisons, and four more scenes in the casinos, some driving scenes.” Cinque giorni in tutto.
Ma nel frattempo Schrader ha montato il film e l’ha fatto vedere ai suoi collaboratori e amici: “Then I was able to screen virtually the film for a number of people I respect, like [Martin] Scorsese, who is the executive producer, like [filmmaker and programmer] Kent Jones and other people. And what I asked them all is, ‘I have four more scenes to shoot. I can rewrite them. What am I missing? What do I need to add? How should I write these four scenes?
And I started getting feedback about what they felt was missing. So I was able to rewrite these scenes and make these relationships much better. And not all productions get to do that.
It’s a very expensive reshoot, but it was built-in that three-quarters of the way through, I have an opportunity to rewrite one-quarter of the meaningful character scenes.
So I did, I rewrote it. And I realized what was missing. And I wouldn’t have realized that if I was shooting at the top I would have only realized that in post. And I would have walked around the room kicking myself in the ass, saying, ‘I wish I had the opportunity to reshoot some scenes.’”
Focus Features è sta stranamente disponibile: “I was talking to Focus [Features], and I could give them the film in a month. They don’t want the film in a month because they don’t know what to do with it in a month. They said, you just take whatever time you need, which is the opposite of the way studios usually talk. I also have final cut, so it doesn’t really matter. What I deliver, I deliver.”
A questo punto è probabile che The Card Counter arrivi nel 2021, magari a Cannes o Venezia.