The official trailer for director Paul Schrader and writer Bret Easton Ellis' The Canyons has finally arrived. The buildup has been immense, to say the least. The project was one of the earliest celebrity Kickstarters that garnered tons of attention. The spectacle continued when reports of Lindsay Lohan's on-set drama culminated in a fascinating New York Times feature. Later, the film was rejected from Sundance and SXSW, blaming "quality issues." And now, here's the clip.
There are several surprisingly compelling elements that promise more than wooden script delivery and hype. Images of decaying theaters intrigue. Is there a potentially deeper subtext surrounding the story of a troubled L.A. trust-fund kid (Deen) making a movie with his actress-model girlfriend (Lohan)? The sleazy sex between Lohan, Deen and company that we've heard about for months is hinted at in the trailer. Will it be Requiem for a Dream-esque depressing? Schrader has captured some stylish imagery, but we hope the sound is better for the final cut. Somehow we doubt it. Here's the film's official synopsis. The film opens in theaters August 2. Will you give The Canyons a shot based on this completed trailer?
"Christian is a young L.A. trust-fund dude who's financing a horror film simply to keep his dad off his back about doing something with his life. He has been dating Tara for about a year — she was an aspiring actress/model who settled down with him when the reality of the business became apparent to her. She's now just Christian's bored plaything. Christian's assistant Gina is casting the film with assistance from Tara. Gina is pushing Ryan, her boyfriend and struggling actor, for the lead. Unbeknownst to either Christian or Gina, Ryan and Tara were a couple three years ago. When Ryan came back into Tara's life during the auditions for the movie, they reignited their affair. But Christian, a dangerous control-freak, finds out about the affair and starts playing cruel mind games with both Tara and Ryan, which escalate into an act of bloody violence."