By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist February 15, 2011 at 9:15AM
Says There's No Financing Yet For 'Queen Of The Desert'
While we'll have to wait and see if Werner Herzog can get the pieces together for his period epic "Queen Of The Desert" that currently has Naomi Watts circling to star, and which Herzog says doesn't have financing just yet, the director is hard at work on what should be yet another fascinating documentary.
ScreenDaily reports that Herzog is currently hard at work on a doc focusing on death row inmates, appropriately titled "Death Row." This one seems to have been in the works for the past little while. Last year in an interview with The Playlist, Herzog dropped a kernel of info about the project saying, "I've also started another film in Texas, in a maximum security prison." But he opens up a bit more about the film now and it sounds like some very tough material.
“I am doing a film on death row inmates who are waiting for execution,” Herzog told ScreenDaily. “Of course, it fascinates me to look into deep abysses of the human soul. Left and right, wherever you look, there is an abyss.”
The film will focus on four men and one woman, and Herzog will interview them directly. The director will not be focusing on their guilt or innocence, but instead will allow them to speak for themselves, saying the project will utilize little in the way of music or voice-over narration. The feature-length doc is being prepped for Investigation Discovery, with Channel 4 and Arte in talks to broadcast the picture for all you international folks. No air dates have been revealed just yet.
Once he's done with "Death Row," he'll head to London in March for another session of his Rogue Film School. But, Herzog getting to the "ecstatic truth" of death row? Could be fantastic.