It wasn’t the end of the world but rather the beginning of a helming career for Lorene Scafaria, whose directorial debut “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” made its world premiere at the L.A. fest Monday.
Scafaria wrote 2008’s “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” and it was that pic’s title that led to a different take on the apocalyptic scenario. “The word ‘infinite’ is in the title and there’s not really much of a ticking clock for them besides the sun coming up, so I thought, let’s do the opposite with this. Let’s make their love story finite and take forever off the table and give them the loudest ticking clock you can think of.”
At times, the first-time helmer had to remind herself she was in charge. “The first 10 minutes of every day was sort of wild, with everybody staring at me, waiting for something to start. I was like ‘right, I’m in charge.'”
While Anonymous Content producer Steve Golin, Scafaria, stars Steve Carell, Keira Knightley and Derek Luke said they’d spend their last days on earth with their families, Knightley found some levity in the faux doomsday situation of the Focus Features pic. “I think I’d spend my last day drinking a hell of a lot, hopefully laughing a hell of a lot and listening to music. Is that enough?”