That was a challenge we werent sure we achieved but we tried our best in the writing, acting and directing to make sure it was not just a sequel, but also a film. For the people who know the first film, it gives something else and for the people who dont, its just a film like any other film.
How old were you when you first started writing?
I was 9 when I started writing short stories. I never pursued [it] in a commercial way of publishing or making money. Now I am more because Im going to direct a film I wrote, so Im more into it. I have to say doing Before Sunrise, the first film I had written a script when I was 18 that a lot of people wanted to produce and a publisher wanted to publish as a book. I didnt want to do that. I said no. Ive written pages and pages of novels that Ive erased from my computer its really weird. Now Im finally at peace with it and am able to put it out there. Its taken me a long time.
I think Before Sunrise was the film that made me capable of writing again, because I quit for a few years, because we wrote some of the dialogue in the film and some of the scenes. To see, even if I didnt get credited, but critics saying afterwards, Oh I love that scene, and I was like, That was one I wrote or partly wrote, it made me feel more comfortable with writing, so now Im doing it. Now Im afraid Im going to have a block for a year after saying that.
Will you do another Before in nine years?
Well, we dont want to do a sequel in nine years because we dont want to have this mapped out pattern. If we feel like we really have something to say and people really want to hear something else, and explore and see more and go to other fields because wed do something very different again, we will do it. But were not sure well even do anything.
Whats the Frankenstein project youre doing for television?
Its a job I took right before this film and Im there the first 10 minutes of the film so its a quick cameo then I die. But it was very nice, lovely but it was basically a tiny cameo they asked me to do and I did it.
Whats the movie you wrote and hope to direct about?
Chris Hanley is producing American Psycho hes a good indie producer and he optioned my film. Its based on a true story based on Elizabeth Bathory who was a Hungarian countess in the 1600s. She became obsessed with eternal youth and started bathing in virgins blood. She killed about 400 girls. It sounds like a gothic [tale] but its more a drama. Its more focusing on the psychology of human beings when theyre given power.
How did you find the story and why is it important for you to do it?
Its a story I always heard of but never pursued before. Then I did historical research and I got fascinated by the story and the whole power trip around it. Yes, she might have killed all those people but maybe she might have not. Thats how I tell the story. At the time, the church and the people in power were trying to get rid of people they didnt want and thats how I tell the story. Thats how the witches were burned and all that.
A lot of women were killed at the time because the men were busy at war - thats all they knew [how] to do over three generations of wars - and they became less and less capable [of ruling] countries. The women started taking over in small castles not the king or anything like that. In small areas, shed rule the castle. The switching period is the Renaissance period when men realized they were losing control and thats when the witch hunt thing started to get rid of women, more or less. Bathory might have been a victim to show to people that women cannot be powerful because they become crazy and kill people.
Why do you want to direct it?
Im obsessed with certain traits of human nature. Im obsessed with human beings, first of all, and the deepest qualities I explore in this film, [the] darker side and faults. Every character in the film has major, major flaws and terrible things they have about themselves. She is vain, obsessed with power, and cruel. One of the other characters is greedy, another is weak I explore all the possible worst traits in human kind and I go very far with it. So its pretty dark. And I will play the leading role because Im crazy.