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Ben Wheatley talks his 70s-set adaptation of Ballard’s “HIGH RISE”

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As Ben Wheatley’s madness-fueled (and amazing) A FIELD IN ENGLAND nears U.S. release, the prolific filmmaker is currently entrenched in what could prove to be one of his most anticipated projects yet: a long-gestating adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s seminal HIGH RISE. Currently on the press circuit, talking both A FIELD IN ENGLAND and his directing duty on DOCTOR WHO, Wheatley has revealed first word on what to expect from he and screenwriter Amy Jump’s vision.

Speaking to io9 about the adaptation, the KILL LIST director announced he’s already begun filming the upcoming picture and that previous incarnations—most notably the one Vincenzo Natali was to helm—will not inform this one. “We’ve gone back and Amy [Jump]’s written a script that’s very close to the book. It’s set in 1975,” he says.

Commenting further on the design and period setting, he adds, “…it’s going to look like the 70s. It’s going to be very styled in that way. We’re looking at the Ridley Scott adverts of that period. It’s going to be modern in a way that the 70s looked. In a way that, ‘I don’t know what the future looks like anymore,’ which is quite funny. We’re already in Buck Rogers land now. Aren’t we? We’ve all got phones, it’s not that exciting. But back then they had a real idea of what the future was going to be like, and it was much more stylish.”

You can read the full interview, which contains plenty on DOCTOR WHO, here. For more, keep an eye on FANGORIA for our own talk with the director this week, in which he briefly notes that HIGH RISE will be even more out-there than A FIELD IN ENGLAND.

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