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Bruce Dern Says Francis Ford Coppola's 'Twixt Now And Sunrise' A Murder Mystery With Parts In Rhyme

by Simon Dang
June 7, 2011 2:32 AM
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Despite production taking place late last year, thus far we've received only trickles of information about Francis Ford Coppola's reportedly gothic and Poe-inspired "Twixt Now And Sunrise," which stars Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Ben Chaplin and Elle Fanning among others.

Coppola himself teased that the way he plans to screen the film is "something that’s never been done before" which presumably has something to do with the use of 3D technology as “a brief dramatic segment that serves the story, rather than the typical two-hour, multiplex gimmick." Most recently, star Val Kilmer added that he plays a Mario Puzo-esque writer "waiting for his masterpiece" and noted that the 3-D would be utilized for "a couple of dream sequences."

Now we have a little to hang from. After being honored at the Gold Coast Film Festival, actor Bruce Dern has discussed the project in a little more detail with writer Roger Friedman happily relaying what Dern spilled on the "gothic thriller that concerns Edgar Allen Poe."

Dern has revealed the first hint of plot to Showbiz411 noting that he'll play "the sheriff in a spooky town with a murder mystery [while] Kilmer is a second tier mystery writer who comes to town and investigates its past. There’s a clock steeple in the town with different time on each of its four sides."

The actor also added that Coppola himself has proclaimed that this project has "more of him in it than any of his films" and, most interestingly, that parts of the film will actually be in rhyme. We guess the inspiration from Poe stems more directly than just his themes then? Comparisons to the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne have also been noted in the past; we can't even begin to imagine what this means for electronic artist Dan Deacon whose scoring the pic.

Consider us now completely sold by this latest offering from Coppola which particularly excites us as major fans of his last effort, the black and white drama "Tetro" starring Vincent Gallo and Alden Ehrenreich. A release or (at least) premiere sometime around Halloween was previously discussed as the target which has only been affirmed by subsequent descriptions of the project as a "Halloween extravaganza."

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