Michel Gondry’s Future Involves Audrey Tatou, Noam Chomsky, and a School Bus

By  · Published on May 24th, 2011

It seems likely that Michel Gondry makes 14 movies a year that never see theaters except the one in his home. Short films, animations, stuff he’s shot with the camera he always seems to have on-hand. That would make a hell of a Criterion release.

As for movies that we’ll get to see from the visionary director, his talk with the New York Times brought a few more into perspective. For one, The We and the I— his film shot entirely on a school bus – is now most likely going to shoot this summer. For two, he reconfirmed his work on an animated film based off of discussions he’s had with Noam Chomsky about language and philosophy. That, in particular, sounds like it could be incredible (because I am a huge, huge dork).

However, the biggest and newest news was that he’d convinced Audrey Tatou to come on board for an as-yet-untitled, French-language flick by making an animation of him asking her. How do you turn a director down when he does something that would normally end up as a Youtube video titled “Cutest Marriage Proposal Ever!!!”?

Frankly, any new Gondry work is to be anticipated, but considering the offbeat performances he’s pulled out of his actors (most notably Jim Carrey and Tim Robbins), it’ll be especially exciting to see him work with Tatou.

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