Quirky, inventive, Oscar-winning writer/director Michel Gondry is penning a new film about time travel, set at MIT. And the physicists went wild!
You might remember Gondry for his mind-bending, surrealist movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; its script won an Academy Award, which Gondry shared with Charlie Kaufman and Pierre Bismuth. Gondry, an artist-in-residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005 and 2006, recently visited the school to screen his short film Tokyo! (also a collaboration). While there, he confessed to Boston.com that his two years at MIT had influenced a new project:
The former MIT artist-in-residence said he was happy to be back in Cambridge, despite the excruciating cold. "It's a perfect environment for me, because it's where art meets science," he said, of MIT. "In France, art is much more associated with literature, and more political. I like the spirit here." Gondry also revealed that he's working on a new film, set at MIT, about time travel. "I'm rewriting the screenplay, so we're not shooting yet," he said, laughing.
It may be a long wait for this story to hit the screen, but when it does, I'm sure we'll all feel that it was a relatively short travel through time. Let's just hope it turns out better than MIT's 2005 Time Traveler Party, which, according to Tina Fey, was a bust because "people from the future already know the party sucked."