Film: Imaginary Heroes
Why: The scribe behind fantastical hero pics “X2,” “Superman Returns” and the “Logan’s Run” remake tackles real-life in his helming debut (which he also wrote).
“Imaginary Heroes” opened to strong critical reception at the Toronto fest; its script was strong enough to attract heavyweights Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels.
Quote: “Every day I live in fear that my career is going to fall apart. I’m very, very lucky,” says Harris. “I tried to tackle big themes. … I’m obsessed with original sin and the chaos theory.”
Indeed, the film explores “what happens when a small action sets off a chain reaction of events and how it affects the characters,” Harris says. “The reality of it is you can’t walk away from original sins.”
It was the big themes that brought Weaver and Daniels to the table. “Working with them was amazing. When I knew they were interested in the movie, it was terrifying … and when I got a chance to work with them, it was a blessing and a curse,” he says. “I thought, ‘What do I do now?’ I have to direct Sigourney Weaver. In rehearsals, it worked out, and it eased me. There was trust from the beginning.”
What’s next: Besides big-budget pics like “Superman” and “Logan’s Run,” “I am trying to get my next picture set up. It’s about an inventor in the Midwest, things falling out of the sky and nuclear proliferation,” Harris says, obviously wanting to keep some mystery around it. It sounds like more big themes.