January 24th, 2013
02:53 PM ET
It wouldn't appear that the festival circuit is loving "The Canyons," the now-infamous picture starring Lindsay Lohan and James Deen.
Written by Bret Easton Ellis and directed by Paul Schrader, "The Canyons" has been described as a thriller set in Los Angeles, focusing on 20-somethings as they seek "power, love and success in 2012 Hollywood." Yet the press thus far has been on the negative side, with the New York Times Magazine's lengthy examination of the production process painting a less than pretty picture.
It seems that discord might have spilled over into the film itself, as a source connected with SXSW told THR that the movie "had an ugliness and a deadness to it."
Easton Ellis has defended the project on Twitter, posting Wednesday, "I wish people would stop taking the standardly [sic] 'controversial' and boringly negative route with THE CANYONS. It's actually a good movie..."
And on the movie's Facebook page, director Schrader hints that the movie may not be quite ready for public consumption yet, anyway.
"After the NYT Mag piece, many have asked when the film will be shown. It's going to be a few months. The intense reactions to 'Liz and Dick' and the Times Mag article have made us realize that there will be an immediate blowback once 'The Canyons' is publically [sic] screened–for good and ill," Schrader wrote January 17, a day following TMZ's report that Sundance passed on the movie.
"When the film is shown it should also be available VOD and limited theatrical. That way the curious can see the film for themselves," he continued. "In a way it's good we're not at Sundance. We weren't prepared, we weren't organized. Films enter festivals to heighten their profile. 'The Canyons' doesn't need to do that. We need to organize multi-platform distribution. This is not a dodge, it's common sense. The film is very good. I have no qualms about that."
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