Green Knight director David Lowery discusses the greatest influences of the Arthurian adventure, including the 1980s fantasy film Willow.
The green knight writer / director David Lowery drew inspiration from a variety of older films for his fantasy adventure, including previous Arthurian tales like 1974 Lancelot of the Lake and, yes, the years 1975 Monty Python and the Holy Grail. However, one of the film’s biggest inspirations was Ron Howard’s 1988 film. willow.
Lowery said Vanity Show he used practical effects and even matt paints as often as possible, in order to give The green knight an atmosphere of return. “The aesthetic of those ’80s and’ 90s movies, they didn’t have the trumps up their sleeves that someone like Peter Jackson or even us. There is a tactile quality that helped me stick them in my head. I love Willow because I was seven when I saw her, but also [because of] expertise.
Directed by Howard from a story by George Lucas, who also served as an executive producer, willow stars Warwick Davis as Willow Ufgood, a farmer unexpectedly tasked with protecting a baby prophesied to bring about the downfall of a tyrannical queen in a distant land. While far from a smash hit in terms of box office and critical reception, willow has enjoyed modest success and has continued to grow its fan base over the decades. Davis will reprise his role from the film for the upcoming willow series on Disney +.
While willow was a relatively expensive production for the time, admitted Lowery The green knight was limited by its small budget. “We couldn’t afford to make a real literal period piece in the 14th century with period costumes,” he said. “Therefore [we were] finding that strange middle ground where he doesn’t have to be true to the story while still feeling grounded. Movies like Willow and Ladyhawke have done it really well.
Originally scheduled to premiere at SXSW before opening in May 2020, The green knight was delayed to 2021 by the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With so much extra time, Lowery spent six months re-editing the film. “I just gave myself permission to dive back into the movie, unlock it and rework the whole thing,” he said. “I found the affection I needed to cut it with love in my heart instead of disappointment and hate. It’s different, it’s a lot better.
Directed by David Lowery, The green knight arrives in theaters July 30. Lowery is currently working on Peter Pan and Wendy, a live-action reimagining of the 1953 Disney animated film adaptation of the classic JM Barrie story.
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Source: Vanity Show
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