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Prince Avalanche Signals David Gordon Green’s Return to Indie film

While he remained in the U.S. indie biz in a producer capacity, it’s with one foot out that David Gordon Green indulged in major studio filmmaking with a forgettable trio of projects such as Pineapple Express, Your Highness and The Sitter. Fans of the filmmaker can expect a Gus Van Sant type of career for Green, exploring different genres (he has a Suspiria remake in the works) and budget sizes, it was confirmed by the trades that he and his DP Tim Orr and producers Lisa Muskat, Derrick Tseng and helmer Craig Zobel planted themselves in Austin, Texas for the remake of a little known Icelandic road trip comedy starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. Titled Prince Avalanche, if I’d have to put a wager on when we should expect to see this, I’d say Sundance 2013.

Gist: Coming across as a buddy comedy, this is about two men not of the same age, but perhaps a generation apart who develop a kinship for one another after divulging their romantic/personal lives while working for the state.

Worth Noting: Gordon Green was a producer on Craig Zobel’s Compliance – out in theaters this August.

Do We Care?: As ardent fans of the filmmaker since George Washington and the three films that followed, we look forward in seeing how DGG returns to the form we like best.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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