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LAist Interview: Rian Johnson, director, The Brothers Bloom

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Rian Johnson burst into prominence with his sterling debut, Brick. A teenage murder mystery, it was told more in the style of a Dashiell Hammett novel than a thematically similar (and more conventional) film like Bully. His latest film, The Brothers Bloom, is almost a complete 180 in terms of tone -- daffy and convulated where Brick was brooding and fatalistic. What's still present, though, is Johnson's daring as a filmmaker. You may not like his movies, but there is no doubt that he is offering a very specific vision to audiences. LAist had a chance to speak with Rian this week. The Brothers Bloom goes into wider release today across L.A.


LAist: So Brothers Bloom. Let's talk about The Brothers Bloom.

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Rian: Okay.

LAist: It took awhile for The Brothers Bloom to get into theaters. I remember hearing about it awhile ago. What was the hold-up? What happened with the distributor?

Rian: We premiered at Toronto and originally the plan was to come out in the fall right after Toronto. And basically what happened is Summit took a look at the lay of the land and realized how many Oscar movies were coming out in that lead-up to the end of the year. Oscar movies with much bigger marketing budgets than ours, I guess (laughs). So they decided to push it forward. And May has its trade-offs -- there's all the big summer movies coming out, but I think we're in a nice spot to be. Another option for people after they've seen the big tent pole stuff. So I'm actually feeling pretty good about where we landed.