Robert Pattinson Crime Drama ‘Good Time’ Goes to A24
Boutique film distributor A24 is having what’s known in the world of professional sports as a “career year.” As Hollywood took a big number-two in the bed with a bevy of pricy flops over the past few months, the agile indie outfit has hogged all the critical acclaim with such widely praised releases as The Witch, Krisha, Green Room, The Lobster, De Palma, Swiss Army Man, American Honey, and Moonlight. They’ve got one more trick up their sleeve for 2016, too, with the generation-spanning drama 20th Century Women due in December. (Spoiler alert: it’s wonderful.) And today, they’re shoring up their future with another exciting get.
Variety has the exclusive that A24 has snatched up the rights to Good Time, a crime drama from brothers Josh and Benny Safdie, the directors of the gutwrenching addiction drama Heaven Knows What. Robert Pattinson stars in the film as a stickup artist who flees the police after a big bank job. The film follows him on his flight to freedom, as he evades the fuzz and the jailtime that goes with them. He’s joined on the cast list by a pair of Oscar nominees, Captain Phillips’ Barkhad Abdi and Jennifer Jason Leigh of The Hateful Eight. Pattinson’s collaboration with the Safdies represents the latest in a string of jobs with edgier directors, having already teamed with David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis, Maps to the Stars), David Michod (The Rover), Werner Herzog (Queen of the Desert) and James Gray (The Lost City of Z). This pairing bodes well, both for the star and his new directors.
A timeline has yet to be established, but the A24 folks apparently saw footage of the film before signing a seven-figure check, so we can hope it won’t be too far off. Heaven Knows What proved that the Safdies are good at this whole filmmaking game; with bigger stars and a matching budget, now they can really show the world what they’re capable of.