Back when Cinematical spoke to Rodrigo Cortes about 'Buried,' his debut (English-language) film, he was a little hesitant to talk about what his next film was going to be. At that point in time, all the Spanish-born director had was an idea; no names, no stars, just a concept he was very excited about. Well, now we have the name of the film as well as its first two stars.
It's called 'Red Lights' and it is set to star Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver. According to Variety's report on the matter, ""Lights" turns on a psychologist, played by Weaver, and her assistant whose study of paranormal activity leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic (De Niro)."
Now, were you to remove the names, that exact description could be used to describe John Harrison's recent film 'Book of Blood.' (Which is a not-too-shabby Clive Barker adaptation with some very solid gore effects in it, for anyone looking for some recent films to watch on Halloween.) So to avoid that comparison let's look at what exactly Cortes said about the project when we talked to him:
So what is next on the horizon?
Cortes: The thing about talking about things that don't exist is that... they don't exist. I will say that it will explore how our brain is not a tool you can trust to perceive reality because it basically lies the whole time.
That is an interesting distinction. Where as 'Book of Blood' deals with ghosts and the intersection of invisible highways of the dead, 'Red Lights' sounds to be dealing with a more cerebral examination of how we perceive things. Combine that with Variety's description and it sounds like Cortes' is working on a film that questions whether the supernatural is indeed supernatural or of more science-minded origins.
As with 'Buried,' 'Red Lights' will also be a completely international production. It's got a Spanish director, an American cast, as well as a trio of production companies from Spain (Versus), America (Parlay Films) and Korea (the newly formed CSe Entertainment). Filming will commence in February of 2011 and will take place predominantly in Spain with a few weeks of production set aside for Canada.
Sounds very promising on this end, but what do you guys think?