Filmmaker David Lowery Discusses “Miserable” Time Shooting THE GREEN KNIGHT

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Filmmaker David Lowery (A Ghost Story, Pete’s Dragon) talks about the difficulty and inspiration for his new Arthurian epic The Green Knight, as well as his childhood influences for the new Disney fantasy Peter Pan & Wendy. As well as straddling between Disney Studios and A24.

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Lowery’s new film The Green Knight is based on the 14th Century poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Lowery’s second A24 film chronicles King Arthur’s impulsive nephew, Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), and his quest to confront the Green Knight (Ralph Ineson) after agreeing to the giant treelike creature’s challenge. Shot in the spring of 2019, Lowery’s cast and crew battled the elements of Ireland’s breathtaking countryside, all while the director endured his own personal ailments. And since the film was originally slated to premiere at 2020’s South by Southwest, Lowery appreciated the opportunity to recover from the shoot and rework his cut with fresh eyes throughout the first six months of the pandemic.

“It took me a long time to get past my memories of how miserable the shoot was,” Lowery tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I had so much fun making this movie, but in so many regards, it was also a nightmare and really, really hard. And as a result, I carried a lot of that baggage with me for a lot longer. Had the film come out last year, maybe you would’ve seen evidence of that baggage on screen in the way that I cut the movie. But because I had time to re-approach it and to redevelop some affection for it and to let that baggage fall away, the film doesn’t bear much evidence of all of that pain now.”

When discussing Peter Pan & Wendy, which he describes as his “favorite film to date”. Lowery says “I still love Hook. And there are things in that movie that are as good as they’re ever going to get when it comes to a Peter Pan adaptation”.

“And there are things that I love about J.M. Barrie’s novel that I had to leave out of my screenplay because I couldn’t do them better than Steven Spielberg did. So I don’t seek to supplant it, nor do I seek to supplant any other Peter Pan adaptation. It is a work that is evergreen for a reason. So I am very happy that my movie will be the Peter Pan that an entire generation of children are introduced to and that it will be the vehicle for them to be introduced to this legend. But I also know that this won’t be the last Peter Pan movie. So all I can do is try to do justice to it and treat it with the respect it deserves… And then one of things I can do is try to illuminate it with some degree of my own perspective.”

The Green Knight was released by A24 on July 30, and Peter Pan & Wendy has a planned release in 2022 by Disney Studios.

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