Though he still has to debut his latest -- and perhaps most commercial -- effort, Be Kind Rewind, writer-director Michel Gondry is constantly looking ahead toward his future projects. The man behind two of my favorite films from the past few years, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and TheScience of Sleep, revealed to MTV a new project he's working on called The Return of the Ice Kings (which may or may not have something to do with that project he's working on with his son). Once again Gondry plans to return to the world of science for a story he describes as being "about kids who invent a water that makes you hear music when you drink it." He claims to be already scoping out talent to star in the flick, though he admits the script needs to be completed first. Gondry adds: "It's going to be a scientific story, but completely unrealistic." Not sure about that -- I have friends who hear all sorts of things when they drink.
When asked about his obsession with science, Gondry explained: "I'm into science - in fact, I read more about science and astronomy than about movies. Science is re-questioning itself all the time, and it's still at a stage where anything is possible." Additionally, he teased one scene from the film that still needs to be written: "At one point, they see the end of time in the movie. So, we'll have to shoot it somewhere that looks like the end of time." While Gondry often taps into his childhood for inspiration, this would mark the first time the writer-director works with children in a film -- so I can't be the only one excited to see where he goes with it. We'll be reviewing Be Kind Rewind this month as part of our Sundance coverage, and the film will officially hit theaters on February 22.