Not too long ago on the Film Junk Podcast, we had an interesting question via listener email that asked us to speculate what the next big movie gimmick might be. Frank, being the great prognosticator that he is, predicted the possibility of a movie that was shot and broadcast entirely live. Although there have been plenty of plays filmed and broadcast live as well as live TV events over the years, a full cinematic movie with many different locations has never been done… until now. Woody Harrelson has apparently stolen Frank’s idea for a project called Lost in London, which is a movie will be broadcast live into theatres as it is being shot. Hit the jump for more details.
Lost in London is a 100 minute long movie written, directed by and starring Woody Harrelson that will be filmed in one continuous take. It is based loosely on a personal experience from 15 years ago that found him accidentally breaking an ashtray in the back of a London cab and eventually ending up in jail for a night. It will be shot over 14 different locations and features a cast of 30 (including Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson).
There is an interview with EW that goes into a bit more detail with Harrelson saying that he and his cinematographer were partially inspired by Sebastian Schipper’s single take film Victoria. This will be quite a bit more complicated, however, especially considering that it will be shot live in London where there is a pretty good chance it could be raining that night. The movie will be broadcast on Jan. 19th at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET and will be broadcast in more than 550 theaters (for more info, visit Fathom Events). Do you plan on checking out Woody Harrelson’s Lost in London?