Primer Director Shane Carruth Prepping New Film Upstream Color

In the realm of under-the-radar cult movies, Shane Carruth’s Primer ranks highly among many cinephiles. With that said, there should be a small but loyal fanbase who will be excited to hear that Carruth will finally be directing another film soon, entitled Upstream Color. Described as a “romance/drama/thriller,” Upstream Color will, like Primer, be a small, intimate production based in Dallas, Texas. No plot details have been provided yet, although some character descriptions were recently revealed for casting purposes. Shooting will begin in November and is scheduled to last through January. It’s worth noting that this film is different from another previously announced script from Carruth called A Topiary, however, that project is still active and should be filmed at some point next year.

The title Upstream Color is said to refer to a “biopharmeceutical term that describes impurities present early in the processing/manufacture of a chemical.” Here are the character descriptions to give you some idea of what to expect:

Kris – This is the lead part, and beyond involving a severe haircut change in the film, little is said beyond her being intelligent and plain.

Other main roles include Wesley, a composer in his 50s who is also a farmer, as well as Evan, a guy who works in a record shop and sounds a bit like a psychopath.

There are a few secondary roles up for grabs as well: two 12 year olds from the inner city, along with 16-year old name Phoebe and her grandmother Elise, who are described as being very similar souls.

So, with Upstream Color and A Topiary on the way, along with his work on Rian Johnson’s Looper, it looks as if fans of Shane Carruth finally have some new material to anticipate. If any of his future films measure up to the level of promise shown in Primer, then they should be worth the wait. Are you excited about a new film from Shane Carruth?

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  • Colin

    It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 7 years since the release of Primer and we have yet to see anything else from Shane…

  • Jonny Ashley

    Primer is awesome

  • kyri

    love primer

  • Ovenball

    Primer > Other Movies

  • KeithTalent

    I’m such a massive of fan of Primer I will be watching this, no matter the subject.