Fans of filmmaker Derek Cianfrance are probably wondering what’s next for the on-the-rise artist. After the one-two punch of ‘Blue Valentine’ (and its accompanying MPAA controversy) and ‘The Place Beyond the Pines,’ it seems like he’d be pretty much capable of creating anything he wants…and, apparently, that’s what he’s going to do. Though his calendar is clearly booked at the moment (more on this below), Collider.com is reporting that Cianfrance wants to reteam with his ‘Pines‘ co-writer Darius Marder to make something called ‘A Cotton Candy Autopsy’ (it’s about a clown). He hopes to bring Ben Mendlesohn, who costarred in ‘Pines,’ along as well.
Now, when you consider all the other projects he has lined up, it may be a good long while before we see Cianfrance’s take on the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd (or visa versa). Indeed, the writer/director is already signed to helm an adaptation of ‘The Light Between Oceans’ (about a couple during WWI who live in a lighthouse and adopt an abandoned baby, with devastating consequences) and then, after that, he’ll be overseeing the ESPN origin story ‘Those Guys Have All the Fun.’ On the other hand, Cianfrance has now pulled out of the proposed HBO mini-series ‘Muscle’ (about bodybuilding) after the cable channel passed on picking it up.
So, after a movie about a dissolving relationship and a sweeping saga of crime and interconnections, what does Cianfrance have to say about harlequins? Who knows, frankly, since the possible film is still in the very earliest stages of development. Now, when you consider we’ve had killer clowns from outer space, murderous clowns from small town Maine sewers, drunken and deviant clowns having sex with Florence Henderson, and all other manner of Bozo bedlam, anything Cianfrance does will seem tame by comparison…or, at least, we think it will be.