Director Todd Haynes is teaming up with Joaquin Phoenix again for a new romantic gay feature.
Haynes told IndieWire at the Cannes Film Festival,
The next film is a feature that’s an original script that I developed with Joaquin Phoenix based on some thoughts and ideas he brought to me.
We basically wrote with him as a story writer. Me and Jon Raymond and Joaquin share the story credit. And we hope to be shooting it beginning early next year.
It’s a gay love story set in 1930s L.A.”
Joaquin was pushing me further and going,
‘No, let’s go further.’
This will be an NC-17 film.”
Haynes is no stranger to queer material, nor the period drama having made Carol, Far From Heaven, Velvet Goldmine and his latest shown art Cannes, May December, loosely based on the Mary Kay Letourneau scandal. Haynes said,
All I can do is just keep hunkering down and committing to each project.
I have more features planned. I have also episodic projects coming that are planned, that are really exciting. I’m going back to work with Kate Winslet with something she brought me for HBO.”
No name or release date for the Haynes/ Phoenix project, though if they’re going for NC-17, you know it’ll at least be explicit.
Todd Haynes and Joaquin Phoenix’s next movie is an X-rated gay love story @ILoveGayLGBT – The project is from Todd Haynes, director of ‘Carol’, and will be set in 1930s Los Angeles.https://t.co/mxKi2mSLD9 pic.twitter.com/g6fA6cu0oy— #ILoveGay Movies 🎬 (@ILoveGayMovies) May 24, 2023
(Photo, screen grab YouTube; via Variety)