EXCLUSIVE: Hereditary helmer Ari Aster looks to be heading back to the home that helped launch his career. Deadline is hearing that A24 is set to finance and produce his new film Disappointment Blvd., with Joaquin Phoenix on board to star.
Rumors had been swirling at the end of last year that Phoenix was considering this as his follow-up to his Oscar-winning performance in Joker, but insiders say at the time it was still only a discussion and nothing concrete. Once Phoenix officially committed to the project, the package was put together and taken out to buyers. While there was plenty of interest from other suitors, A24 always seemed in pole position after producing Aster’s previous hits Hereditary and Midsommar.
'Heredtiary' was one of the better horror movies I've seen in the past few years, and Aster's follow up 'Midsommar' was even better in my opinion. Aster as proven himself to be incredibly good at shooting anxiety-inducing, heart-racing movies with the skill and touch a major drama would get. That is a real rarity for the genre nowadays, so if you haven't been tuning in for his stuff yet, you should. Combining him with Phoenix, who is a top 5 actor in the world, shoots this movie right to the top of my most-anticipated list. Phoenix is fantastic at playing dark, complex characters and that is exactly what Aster is great at developing.
Details are being kept under wraps for the project written and directed by Aster, but the plot is described as “an intimate, decades-spanning portrait of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time.”
That isn't a ton to work off of, and it almost seems kind of tame on its face. But knowing these two guys AND A24's history, you know you gotta expect something fucking crazy.