Exclusive: Laeta Kalogridis on Shutter Island & Avatar


ComingSoon.net’s horror arm ShockTillYouDrop.com has an exclusive interview with screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis, talking about working with Martin Scorsese and Leonardo Dicaprio on the suspense thriller Shutter Island, based on the novel by Dennis Lehane.

Kalogridis also talked about working with director James Cameron on their global blockbuster Avatar, and as a preview, here’s an excerpt from the interview of her talking about working on Avatar and if she had any idea it would become such a huge phenomenon:

“The weird thing about working with Jim is you become so submerged, so to speak, in the world, you become so obsessed with it, and this is going to sound really silly, part of you can’t imagine that everybody else will not be as obsessed as you are with it when they finally get to see it. Part of you is like, “Oh my God, this is the most wonderful world to visit,” I mean, to a point where it gets to your detriment where you’re watching the four-hour cut and you’re like, “This is great!” You’re thinking, “I want to stay here for four hours!” which is not really realistic. Simultaneously, part of you is thinking, “I feel this way because I’m too close. I’m too close, I’m too close, I’m too close. I’m too invested in every little detail. I care too much about the characters.” I think the only person who doesn’t second guess himself is Jim. Jim is the one who frankly can keep the boat on course while everyone around him… you follow him like the General that he is, because you believe in him. I would be truthful in saying that I believed in Jim more than I believed in the movie, just because he’s a very inspirational figure and person for me. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I was totally obsessed and will continue to be obsessed with that damn planet.”

You can read the rest of the interview over on ShockTillYouDrop.com. Shutter Island opens on Friday, February 19.