PARK CITY, Utah — It’s no secret that magical things happen at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s a place where filmmakers’ fledgling aspirations take form and take flight. Robert Redford reaches down with his omnipotent hand and lifts directors like Tarantino and Soderbergh out of the sea of anonymity. But imagine this reporter’s surprise when Sundance’s good fortune reached her even before she arrived in Park City, Utah.
Flying 30,000 feet in the air, I had the opportunity to sit and chat with Doug Taylor, Sundance newcomer and co-writer of the much anticipated sci-fi thriller “Splice.”
“I’m completely excited,” said Taylor about being accepted into the festival. “We’re excited for the film, we’re excited to be at Sundance, we’re excited to be in the midnight section.”
“Splice” follows two daring scientists (Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley) who risk splicing together animal and human DNA. The result is what Taylor calls “a different kind of monster movie.”
Taylor revealed, however, that Brody is not so dastardly in real life. “I got stuck in a snowstorm and he helped push my car out of a snow drift. Lovely guy.”
“Splice” has finally reached Sundance after Taylor spent two hard years committed to it, and even more by its director Vincenzo Natali.
“(It’s been) a long time coming for me,” said Taylor. Check back here for our review of the film Saturday and our interview with director Vincenzo Natali and actress Sarah Polley on Sunday.