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David Gordon Green has big plans

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On page one of the Village Voice, in a write-up on David Gordon Green's film retrospective at BAM in NYC this weekend, Nick Pinkerton wonders, "Would Green rather be Michael Ritchie now than Terry Malick?"

 "I'm doing a lot of things that are all over the place . . . so I don't get kind of bogged down in what could otherwise be a pretty depressing angle of the industry." Upcoming is a remake of Suspiria ("The way that horror is going, I think we're losing sight of the artistry and the complexity and the kind of strange, surreal, emotional element"), a John Grisham true-crime adaptation, and "a cartoon TV series." ("That doesn't include all the weirdo projects— little, bizarre, personal, intimate portraits and things that I try to develop on the side.")

Is it a triumph for Hollywood cynicism when Green, who made his rep with a movie where kids and adults commiserate over dreams, now scores laffs off grown-ups peddling weed to grade-schoolers? Before hoisting the "Sellout" effigy, let's show good faith once more. How much stagnancy in the multiplex (and arthouse) comes from our best and brightest sticking to the ghetto of indie cred when they could be working? Green's a smart producer now (he backed last year's superlative Shotgun Stories), a proven hustler, and committed to giving back to vernacular American film culture. I'll only say: Godspeed.

To that I'll add, as anyone who's followed DGG's career knows, he's often talked about projects that, down the road, never got developed. But maybe that'll change now that he seems to have some juice in the industry.

Previously: DGG at BAM

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