By Jim Amos | Box Office Insider May 6, 2014 at 5:30PM
**THIS INTERVIEW MIGHT HAVE BEEN LOST YESTERDAY DUE TO THE LARGE VOLUME OF ARTICLES SO WE AT BOX OFFICE INSIDER ARE RE-RUNNING OUR INTERVIEW WITH "EARTH TO ECHO" DIRECTOR DAVE GREEN**
While most of us in the movie business have a group of high profile titles we can’t wait for (you can place "Guardians of the Galaxy", "22 Jump Street" and "Godzilla" on Box Office Insider's list) there's always a sleeper or two each summer which come virtually out of nowhere to prove to be surprises. Relativity is hoping that the family friendly adventure, "Earth To Echo", falls into that category. Three young friends stumble upon a cryptic signal that has infected their mobile phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they set off to trace the messages to their source and discover something beyond their wildest imaginations.
At the helm of this adventure is director Dave Green, helming his first feature length film after proving successful in directing music videos and shorts as well as a wonderful web series entitled "Zombie Roadkill".
Box Office Insider sits down with Dave Green as he discusses how he got into the director's chair and why "Earth To Echo" may very well be a pleasant and welcome summer surprise.
BOX OFFICE INSIDER
TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT "EARTH TO ECHO". FROM WHAT I'VE HEARD, REACTION SO FAR HAS BEEN OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE
Thank you. It's an adventure movie that takes place from these kids' point of view and that was something that was very important to us that we felt was something we hadn't seen before, growing up on "ET" and "Stand By Me", movies that we loved as kids, that were always told through the kids point of view, narratively. But we haven't seen stories like that in a while. And we haven't seen stories shot from the kids' perspective, kind of like we do in "Earth To Echo", and what was pitched to me by my producer Andrew (Panay) where we ask what if the kids went out and discovered something like an alien creature and we asked how we would tell their story. It's definitely a family movie that is a whole lot of fun for both parents and kids. They both have enjoyed the research screenings we've had. It's kind of a wide ranging audience we've had so far. It's been surprising to us because I remember being 10 years old and my sister, who was 6 years older than I am, tended to like something completely different from what I did and vice-versa. But it was those kind of movies that we could both agree to love, along with our parents as well. Some of those were Amblin movies, some were Spielberg movies and our movie is PG so we very much are a family picture.
YOU MENTIONED THEIR PARENTS. THIS FEELS LIKE A MOVIE THEY'LL LIKE AS WELL.
Yes, parents latch onto it for different reasons than kids do. For them there's a bit of nostalgia. For them it's an adventure movie and framed the way it's framed it reminds them what they had in their generation such as "ET". For kids who are watching the movie now they take a great deal of ownership of the movie because of the way it's shot and told. What excites me about it is when we've played it so far, kids love what they see in the movie because they feel the movie is shot and told through their perspective and it feels like their voice.
YOU CERTAINLY HAVE A GREAT SPOT FOR THE FILM, OVER 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND, WHICH SEEMS PERFECT FOR THE MOVIE.
I'm really excited. Currently there isn't a great deal of film coming this summer that falls into the PG range and that's great for us. July 4th is always a busy weekend but it also feels like we've kind of lucked out in this way as there isn't much family content around us.
OK SO TELL ME, HOW DOES A GUY GO FROM "ZOMBIE ROADKILL" TO A FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM LIKE "EARTH TO ECHO"? BY THE WAY, I LOVED THAT SERIES ON FEARnet
Thank you so much. Well I've been making shorts and music videos all my life and all my friends were actors or whatever so I was kind of was the kid who was the video nerd my whole life and after I graduated from (U.C. Berkeley) I worked as an assistant on "Spider-Man 3" and I was working in Sam Raimi's office, which was a great learning experience, and it felt like my grad school in a way. That experience was winding down when Sam was very kind and said "hey, you should shoot a sample of what you can do" and I came up with this "Zombie Roadkill" web series. Basically the concept is animals that get run over on the road come back to enact their revenge. It's violent, silly and fun and I don't look at it as a horror piece, it's got a lot of fun in it and I always look for films to go see that don't take themselves too seriously and that was my approach with "Zombie".
LIKE I SAID EARLIER, I REALLY ENJOYED THAT SERIES, ESPECIALLY FROM A PRODUCTION VALUE STANDPOINT. ALSO, YOU ARE ATTACHED TO DIRECT "LORE" WITH DWAYNE JOHNSON. WHAT IS THAT FILM ABOUT?
We're working on the script right now and the film shows us that there have been creatures throughout all of time that have been documented through the Bible, literature, all the way through now as shown with the recent Google Maps images of the Loch Ness Monster. To put it simply, it's a Dwayne Johnson monster hunting movie and the storyline is that these creatures have been around for all time, causing havoc. For example, the Titanic didn't hit an iceberg, it was taken down by The Kraken.
THANK YOU SO MUCH AND I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST OF "EARTH TO ECHO"
Thank you, I really appreciate it.