Shane Carruth's unproduced film The Modern Ocean may never see the light of day, but his script sure as hell has.
Every generation has their raconteur and nothing will stop Shane Carruth from proclaiming he's ours. He's recently released a concept trailer for his unfinished work A Topiary and now he's moved on to his film The Modern Ocean, where he's released the screenplay along with some concept art and a trailer.
The movie was set to star Jeff Goldblum, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Anne Hathaway, Chloe Grace Moretz, Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland, Abraham Attah, and Carruth himself. It's a drama about shipping routes, treasure, and the insanity that it inspires among dozens of people—a conflict that the writer/director said involves “full-scale naval battles using these improvised weapons on these cargo ships.”
If you want to see how that reads, Carruth tweeted out the link to the script, some casting ideas, and a trailer he made. All available on his Dropbox.
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This series of tweets reveals the motivation behind Carruth's tweets, "I kept it quiet for a long time because… I don’t like scripts because they are not movies and movies are not film and I just didn’t want to be embarrassed. But now I think it might be fun. It’s all good, now." He also said, "Normal people keep these things hidden and I honestly think everyone has their thing they haven’t shown. We’re in a different space now I guess and I don’t want to leave anything on the floor. It’s not a gambit or a play. I just have it."
You'll have to crack open the documents to see if the work moves you. It certainly moved actor Tom Holland. He told Collider back in 2017, [The Modern Ocean] is I think the best script I’ve ever read. It’s the craziest idea for a movie ever; it’s so cool."
Let us know what you think of the script in the comments.