One thing of note, “They/Them” is the directorial debut of John Logan, one of the industry’s best screenwriters. He wrote “The Aviator,” “Gladiator,” “Hugo,” “Skyfall,” and one of the best unproduced projects I’ve ever read, a screenplay adaptation of the video game “Bioshock” that Gore Verbinski was supposed to direct right after the third “Pirates of the Caribbean” film.
Being a good screenwriter doesn’t automatically mean you’ll be a good director, but we know the script for “They/Them” should be super solid at the very least and every once in a while you’ll get a Christopher McQuarrie out of that particular path. From the trailer, I can already see a bit of style showing through, and he cast it very well. Not only do you have Bacon, but you also have Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”) and I’ll always be happy to see her onscreen.
The official synopsis describes the movie as “an empowering slasher film,” which is also a bit of a relief. We want our gay and queer characters on screen to be flawed and vulnerable, especially in a horror movie, but there’s also the danger of getting a little too gleeful in watching a bunch of queer kids getting slaughtered. Perhaps that’s the twist? Maybe it’s not the youth on the chopping block this time out, but rather the older creeps running the conversion camp?
I guess we’ll see this August!
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