It's been almost ten years since Tony Kaye's American History X debuted. Okay -- it's been exactly eight years last week, but it's been close enough to ten for the director to be prepping for a 10th Anniversary DVD. In order for everything to run smoothly with the special edition release, he's patched up things with New Line, the studio he fought with over the final cut of History, which was his first feature. In these eight years since that film's release, Kaye has not been able to put out another feature -- possibly because of his reputation following the New Line battle. However it's not as if Kaye was idle during that time-- and has been screening his newest project, a documentary about abortion titled Lake of Fire. The doc premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was reportedly well-praised, but Kaye's still trying to find distribution for it. It is unclear whether distributors are apprehensive in dealing with Kaye out of fear that he will put them through a similar battle as he had with New Line. Since Kaye claims to have spent 16 years and upwards of $8 million on the film, it would be a shame if no company bites with a substantial deal, especially since Kaye's announced that he does not need to make anymore changes to it, even though he kinda wants to.
In addition to shopping Lake of Fire, Kaye is keeping very busy and with many projects for the future. Aside from his success directing commercials and music videos (including the new Johnny Cash video for "God's Gonna Cut You Down"), he's apparently doing well as a director-for-hire and is currently working on special assignments for Johnson and Johnson and the United Arab Emirates. For his next fictional feature, he will be concentrating on a script by Robert McKee titled Madness (this would ironically be the first feature film written by McKee, who is famous for his books and seminars on the craft of screenwriting -- he is the guy portrayed by Brian Cox in Adaptation), which focuses on a doctor with a cure for schizophrenia who marries a former patient.
Other projects that we can maybe look forward to from Kaye (he's in his 50s, but he could have another thirty years to complete them all): Snowblind, a cocaine trade drama that the IMDb has listed as having been made in 2002; a war film called Lobby Lobster, which the IMDb claims has Kaye attached; Paranoia, which Karina mentioned over a year ago; A Private War, also credited to him on IMDb; Murderer's Row, a capital punishment-themed courtroom drama (not a remake of the Dean Martin film, I guess); and an untitled film written by Carl Lund about prison fights that are bet on courtesy of corporate financing.
One or all of these films could go the way of the dinosaur, or the way of another director, of course, and it may be difficult to accept any announcements regarding Kaye's plans until an actual studio makes such an announcement. Kaye seems to have as much luck with his films as Terry Gilliam and about as much attachment validity as John Woo. In addition to all of the unconfirmed productions he's been linked to, including Reaper, he actually made a documentary four years ago about Marlon Brando called Conversations With Brando, which had a number of problems ending with Brando's threats to sue Kaye if the film were to premiere at the Raindance Film Festival, as planned.