If you love independent cinema, you’re almost certainly a fan of Sean Baker. Along with his partner in crime and writer Chris Bergoch, Bake has been making beloved indies that even manage to be elevated towards Oscar contention. The Florida Project was cited with an Academy Award nomination, but Tangerine was a close miss, while other work of theirs like Starlet is top notch as well. Yesterday, some news came down the pike about their next project. That alone would be exciting, but add in that Baker and Bergoch not only have penned the flick, but it’s almost finished shooting. Read on for a bit more about this development…
According to an exclusive from Variety, Baker and Bergoch are almost done with a new movie called Red Rocket. Starring Simon Rex, nothing is known about it just yet, but indie cinema fans should obviously be excited. More when we have it, but this is something to definitely look forward to, to say the least.
Here’s a bit from their story:
Sean Baker is close to wrapping “Red Rocket,” a secret film he has been shooting in Texas.
The dark comedy will star Simon Rex of the “Scary Movie” franchise and “Jack & Jill.” Plot details are being kept under wraps, but production should be finished this month. The film was independently financed and will be looking for distribution.
Baker isn’t the only director to take up his camera in secret. Steven Soderbergh applied a similar under-the-radar approach while making his upcoming movie “Let Them All Talk,” which will star Meryl Streep and Gemma Chan.
Work on “Red Rocket” commenced as Hollywood and the independent film community that Baker belongs to are trying to find a way to make movies safely during coronavirus. The film has employed industry standard safety protocols.
“Red Rocket” marks Baker’s first feature since 2017’s “The Florida Project,” which earned rhapsodic reviews, as well as an Oscar nomination for Willem Dafoe. Baker’s credits also include “Tangerine,” the 2015 comedy-drama about a transgender sex worker that took Sundance by storm in part because it was shot on an iPhone. He also directed “Prince of Broadway,” “Starlet” and “Take Out.”
Baker co-wrote the screenplay for “Red Rocket” with Chris Bergoch, who previously helped pen the scripts for “The Florida Project,” “Tangerine” and “Starlet.” Drew Daniels, who earned plaudits for his work on last year’s “Waves,” is serving as the film’s cinematographer.
Stay tuned for more on this project!