The path to becoming a filmmaker is one that can take many routes, some more direct than others. For director Allen Coulter it was by directing television and lots of it, including popular HBO shows “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City,” before finally making his first feature in 2006, the moody murder mystery Hollywoodland, based on the death of actor George Reeves.
Coulter’s second feature film is Remember Me, a romantic drama set in New York City starring Twilight‘s Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin (“Lost”) as Tyler and Ally, two young people from different worlds who meet under odd circumstances. Both have had great losses in their lives and both are dealing with daddy issues, Tyler with his rich selfish businessman father played by Pierce Brosnan and Ally with her overprotective police detective father, played by Chris Cooper, but somehow they’re able to find a middle ground and fall in love.
ComingSoon.net had a chance to sit down with Coulter to talk about his second movie. Unfortunately, there’s one aspect of the movie we really wanted to discuss with him, but even knowing about it before seeing the movie really takes away from its impact. Even so, here is what we ended up talking about with the director in our exclusive video interview:
* How he ended up with the script and why he decided to make it his second film
* The fact that the movie’s based on an original screenplay rather than adapted from a book
* How hard was it to convince financiers and a studio to back the film
* Getting Robert Pattinson on board and how that helped with financing
* Whether or not he considered casting New York actors for the roles
* How he was surprised to learn Emilie de Ravin was Australian
* How he wanted to approach the movie compared to “Hollywoodland”
* Talking about creating some of the settings for the story
* He talks about his next project, directing an episode of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”
Remember Me opens on Friday, March 12.