Yesterday a Cinematical reader sent in a link to a website that appeared to be related to Shane Carruth's next film, A Topiary. There wasn't much to see, except for the words "Over and over you have been promised Adventure but have not found it." A closer inspection of the site revealed that it was indeed registered to Carruth, who squatted on that particular domain over a year ago. Since there wasn't much to go on, I thought it might be best to shoot Shane an email to see whether he meant for this website -- which first opened up over 12 months ago -- to start going viral now. Was this an announcement of sorts? Was Shane trying to tell us that he had begun work on his next film, and that we'd be seeing it shortly?
First, let's back up: Who the hell is Shane Carruth? Back in 2004, Shane wrote, directed and starred in a tiny little film called Primer that was ultimately accepted to the Sundance Film Festival where it won the top prize. Regarded as one of the greatest, most-difficult-to-understand science fiction films of our generation, Primer -- which followed a group of friends who accidentally create a device that allows a person to travel backwards in time -- was hailed in some circles as a masterpiece, but criticized by many for being a little too smart for its own good.
Needless to say, the film has since found a giant fanbase, and that fanbase has been eagerly anticipating Carruth's follow-up, revealed to be called A Topiary a little over a year ago when the script was floating around. When Cinematical spoke with Carruth earlier today, he gave us a status update on the film, as well as more info on the mysterious website that just recently started making waves online.