Saturday, April 13, 2024

“Everything Everywhere” Directors Won’t Be Making Anymore Movies for Indie Studio: They’re in the Big Time Now


Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert aka “The Daniels” took the CCA by storm yesterday with their crazy, innovative “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” The multifaceted multiverse movie took home Best Picture, Director, and three more awards at the show last night. They’re on a roll with indie film fans and critics. (Not clear yet how the older Academy will deal with them.)

The Daniels are Emerson College graduates, friends since school, and are truly nice, humble guys. They love to talk about film, and especially editing. The editing in “EEAAO” is superb, with images inside of other images, collages and kaleidoscopes. It’s very weird that they weren’t short listed by the Academy for Visual Effects. Go figure.

And guess what? The Daniels are indie no more. Even though A24 released “EEAAO,” the next film will be at Universal Pictures. The guys signed a five year deal back in August. They’re already writing the first film in the deal, Scheinert says the new film will have at least surface connections their $60 million hit. He told me, “We don’t want to repeat ourselves, but we know what fans expect.” In other words, no more hot dog fingers, or bagels, but new ideas just as good if not better.

Before I finished talking to Daniel Kwan, he ran into “Better Call Saul” winner Giancarlo Esposito They hit it off like a house on fire. and the new movie hasn’t been cast yet. Stay tuned!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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