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Hype Williams Will Direct "Sexual Thriller" Penned By Joe Eszterhas Titled "Lust"

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 8, 2011 11:27 AM
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Hit veteran music video director Hype Williams has signed on to direct a "sexual thriller" titled Lust, based on a script by Basic Instinct and Showgirls screenwriter, Joe Eszterhas.

The last time Williams directed a feature film was Belly back in 1998 wasn't it? A film that I thought excelled in its stylized production design and cinematography, but I didn't care for the plot.

So what can we expect this time around in this collab with Joe Eszterhas?

Lust is said to center on "a 30-year-old man married to an older Miami-based magazine publisher. The publisher is seduced by a younger, charming playboy -- who secretly videotapes himself and his new lover having sex, leading to the woman's life unraveling."

The producers are calling it "Fatal Attraction in reverse." It will also include a "major music piece"

Eszterhas' last script to be produced was in 2006... something called Children Of Glory, which I'm not immediately familiar with. Regardless, based on his body of work, I'd be lying if I said that I was all giddy about Lust; at the very least, with Hype at the helm, I'm sure it'll look interesting.

Budgeted at $28 million, with financing already in place, casting is underway, with principal photography scheduled to begin on November 1.

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  • Tamara | August 12, 2011 4:07 AMReply

    Aside from “belly”, here is some more interesting tid bits on Mr Hype. In 2003, Disney purchased a zombie horror pic “Thrilla” which was written by Hype. The project floundered. Also, although he’s been the brainchild behind the videos of some of our most noted artists...Williams was also the writer for Kanye West’s film Runaway. Huuummm, something to ponder.

    Disney passed on a zombie-horror flick. Does Disney "do" zombies? Aside from Davey Jones and 'nem in those Pirate movies? LOL and can't forget Haunted Mansion. Wait, those were ghosts...

    Hype is so visual. I used to love his work back in the day. His and other directors. I could look at a music-vid and see Hype or X or Lawrence (Francis) or Nispel (Marcus) or Jonze, etc. I've only seen bits and pieces of "Belly"... so can't say too much about narrative there. I thought "Runaway" looked good and I thought the narrative was incredibly ambitious but lacked something... Definitely saw some "cinematical" influence. Generally liked it.

    To the topic: Fatal Attraction in reverse... Hmm... I'm not moved or intrigued by the summary.

    Good luck, Hype. no split-screen in this one, yeah? Okay.

  • James | August 11, 2011 6:09 AMReply

    I'm curious why anyone would be excited by this news. A music video director in the 90s, with one (in my opinion TERRIBLE) movie in Belly, and a script from the writer of Showgirls? This screams direct to DVD... or sitting right next to Diary of a Tired Black Man in the bowels of Netflix Instant Watch.

  • Neziah | August 9, 2011 5:51 AMReply

    I know that someone on the older Shadow and Act said that they thought "Belly" should be in the Criterion Collection, but like Tambay said, the plot was nothing special. But Hype's visuals were interesting, so hopefully he brings some of that to the table again.

  • CareyCarey | August 9, 2011 5:46 AMReply

    Aside from "belly", here is some more interesting tid bits on Mr Hype. In 2003, Disney purchased a zombie horror pic "Thrilla" which was written by Hype. The project floundered. Also, although he's been the brainchild behind the videos of some of our most noted artist like, Biggie‘s. ("Warning") & ("One More Chance"), LL Cool J’s ("Doin' It"), Nas’s (" If I Ruled the world” & Street Dreams, Missy Elliott’s ("The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)", "She's a Bitch"), Busta Rhymes , TLC, Beyonce, and Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin”, Williams was also the writer for Kanye West's film Runaway. Huuummm, something to ponder.

  • Kia | August 9, 2011 2:01 AMReply

    Glad to hear Mr. Hype Williams back on the scene. He dominated the music video scene with his unique style. Not a fan of Belly, but I'd be interested to see what the casting looks like and the script. Basic Instinct was good, Showgirls, not so much. Looking forward to seeing a trailer in the near future.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | August 9, 2011 1:57 AMReply

    Sounds a lot like an incident that occurred with a female German billionaire a while back. Not sure if she was married or not, but the guy made tapes of them having sex and then tried to blackmail her. She just came clean to help authorities catch those behind it all.

  • Dankwa Brooks | August 9, 2011 1:35 AMReply

    While intriguing, I though the visual style of 'Belly' wasn't anything spectacular and in my opinion not even cinematic worthy. It was pretty unwatchable.

  • Cynthia | August 8, 2011 12:59 PMReply

    This is a surprise! I thought Hype was done with filmmaking. Wow. Sounds like a juicy role for an "older" actress too.

  • James Madison | August 8, 2011 12:50 PMReply

    I am very interested in seeing this.

    Belly's narrative was sub par, but as Tambay already alluded to, the film looked stunning.

    Hopefully with a veteran screenwriter like Eszterhas, Hype can deliver a film with captivating visuals and story.

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