Zadie Smith Will Co-Write Claire Denis-Directed Movie Set In Outer Space

Zadie Smith has been relatively quiet since dropping “NW” back in 2012, but here is some great news from across the pond: Zadie Smith is teaming u with her husband, Irish poet Nick Laird, to co-write a script for French director Claire Denis. Like most things should be from now on, it is set in outer space. According to ScreenDaily, much of the plot is being kept quiet for now, but it will “take place beyond the solar system in a ‘future that seems like the present’.”

Claire Denis was raised in French-colonized Africa, and a lot of her work covers issues of colonialism. Her debut, Chocolat, is a semi-autobiographical look at a French family in Cameroon, which shares a lot of similarities to her childhood. In addition to Smith, Denis has tapped a wide-ranging and interesting list of collaborators, including artist Olafur Eliasson, whose most famous work, The Weather Project, took over part of the Tate Modern and generated systems within the walls of the building.

The movie will start shooting later this year or in the beginning of next year, and will surely be a visually stunning whirlwind meditation on space, race, colonialism, and if we’re lucky, Afrofuturism as seen through Smith’s eyes. Does this sound like kind of a hot mess? Maybe. Does it sound like a hot mess we’d want to watch?  100%.


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