James Gray To Direct Drama ‘Armageddon Time’ | Film News
James Gray‘s sci-fi film Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt, is in a strange spot right now. Recently pushed back to September, but without much noise surrounding it, it’s hard to know how it’s going to turn out. Gray must be somewhat confident in it though, as he’s already signed on for his next project. He will direct the indie drama Armageddon Time.
Gray will direct from his own screenplay, set in New York in the 1980s. That’s all we know right now. Rodrigo Teixeira (Call Me By Your Name) will produce vis his RT Features banner. Casting is currently underway, and production is slated to begin early next year.
Armageddon Time is reportedly an “intimate project” according to Teixeira, who said that Gray pitched him the idea during an Ad Astra lunch break. The two reportedly bonded over movie trivia.
Gray has previously directed films such as The Immigrant, Two Lovers, We Own The Night, and arguably his masterpiece, The Lost City Of Z. He’s always been interested in character-driven dramas, so it’s fair to expect something similar with Armageddon Time. Will Joaquin Phoenix sign on to star? Gray has previously worked with him four times.
Gray had signed on to direct I Am Pilgrim for MGM, but it seems unlikely that will be his next project with production on Armageddon Time slated to begin next year. Anything Gray makes is interesting, and although we’re lacking details, there’s a good bet this will be to. We’ll wait for casting details to arrive.