It’s been five years now since Christopher Guest’s last film For Your Consideration hit theatres, and although he did a short film and tour with Spinal Tap and also appeared in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and The Invention of Lying, there hasn’t been any official word on a new feature film from him. A couple of years ago there were rumours that he might be planning a comedy that revolved around obsessive collectors, but things quickly went silent on that front. Then at the Oscars this year, Guest and his posse turned in a brilliant sketch about focus groups, leading many people to wonder why it’s taking so long for the next Christopher Guest movie to materialize. This week we finally have a bit of an explanation thanks to Eugene Levy; unfortunately, as it turns out there may not even be another Christopher Guest movie. Here’s what he had to say:
“Well, we had a little reunion at the Oscars. To answer that question, there’s nothing on the horizon. We really didn’t want to do another movie that’s a cookie-cutter movie, where you’ve got the same kind of style, but you just change the subject. Everybody is doing that fake documentary style now. Even TV shows are using that fake documentary style. So, there’s nothing novel about that, anymore. And we haven’t really hit on an idea that moves us and that we both agree on, but we’re always talking.”
It’s true that the mockumentary style is everywhere now, thanks to the popularity of shows like The Office and Modern Family. From what I remember, For Your Consideration actually pulled back on the faux documentary aesthetics a bit, possibly because Guest realized it was starting to get a bit stale. Still, it’s sad to think that the king of this subgenre has given up on it just when it is at the peak of its popularity. For Your Consideration made just $5 million worldwide… this could be his chance to make a real box office hit! What do you think… are you disappointed that Christopher Guest may never make another mockumentary or do you think he’s right to stay away from a format that’s been completely played out?