Video:David Twohy Interview-A Perfect Getaway and Riddick Sequelwith Rebecca Murray
Writer/director David Twohy was on vacation in Kauai when the idea came to him for 'A Perfect Getaway,' a thriller set on the Hawaiian island. At the film's premiere, Twohy talked about the inspiration and about the next 'Chronicles of Riddick' film.See Transcript
Transcript:David Twohy Interview-A Perfect Getaway and Riddick SequelRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the premiere of Rogue Pictures' A Perfect Getaway.
A Perfect Getaway Writer/Director David Twohy
So most people go away on vacation and they don't think of people murdering people, so why did you?
David Twohy: "Because I'm kind of a sick puppy like that."
Just twisted like that?
David Twohy: "Yeah, and that's how I make my living. Kind of sad, isn't it?"
It just came to you as you were there on the island?
David Twohy: "Yeah. I had been hiking the Kalalau trail and actually the night before I was in a bar somewhere meeting some people, some strangers. You know how when you go out on vacation, you start to talk about your life and maybe you're revealing too much? Not in an unacceptable way but in a way that really could be dangerous, if you think about it - revealing all these little details of your life. And I imagined, 'What if somebody picked up on all those little details and used them against you?' And that's kind of the kernel of what's going on here."
Did the script change much from the beginning to when you ended up in production?
David Twohy: [Shakes his head no.]
That was how the twists were all the way along?
David Twohy: "Yeah, because I found a producing group, Relativity, who said, 'No, we like that script. Let's not change it, let's not develop it. Let's just make it.' That's music to any filmmaker's ears, right? So basically I shot the first draft that I was happy with."
And not getting to film in Kauai didn't seem to change anything because it looks like Kauai on film. Did you want to film there?
David Twohy: "I did. I fought for Kauai all the way to the end, but it was a matter of economics. It's a 15% rebate on production dollars in Kauai. It's a 40% rebate on production dollars in Puerto Rico. You quickly realize the lure of Puerto Rico. That said, we filmed some sequences in Jamaica, and then at the end of the shoot I went to Kauai for three days and did covers and aerials. That's why it does look like Hawaii."
What do you think it's going to do to the tourist industry in Kauai?
David Twohy: "They're already wondering about that themselves. Is this dissing the Kauai tourism? To that I say, 'Well, look, nobody doesn't go to New York because of the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man.' We've gotten over that, so they'll get over this too."
What's happening with Chronicles of Riddick the sequel?
David Twohy: "We're talking. Vin [Diesel] and I are talking. We're always talking about it. We're trying to look for a way where we could finance it ourselves and keep an ownership stake in the movie and thereby retain creative control as well."
And that's extremely important for getting it done?
David Twohy: "Yep."
Is there a script at all?
David Twohy: "Yeah, there are like two extended treatments. I wrote two versions of it and talking it through with Vin we decided on one. So that's where we're at right now."
Is the other one a possibility at some time? Is it a different story entirely?
David Twohy: "No, it'd be one or the other."
How long do you think we're looking at?
David Twohy: "I know Vin is going to be doing xXx at the start of the year and so if it happens, it would slide in after that."