Exclusive: Paul W.S. Anderson talks Event Horizon visual influences
While chatting with the English filmmaker for his latest video game film adaptation Monster Hunter, ComingSoon.net looked back with Paul W.S. Anderson to his sci-fi horror pic Event Horizon in time for its newly-released Blu-ray special edition and discuss his visual influences for the cult classic. Our interview can be viewed in the player below!
Set in 2047, it follows a crew of astronauts sent on a rescue mission, after a missing spaceship, the Event Horizon, spontaneously appears in orbit around Neptune. Searching the ship for signs of life, the rescue crew learns that the Event Horizon was a test bed for an experimental engine that opened a rift in the space–time continuum and left our universe entirely, allowing a malevolent entity to possess the ship.
The film, helmed by Anderson on a script from Philip Eisner (The Mutant Chronicles), featured an ensemble cast led by Laurence Fishburne (John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum) and Sam Neill (Jurassic World: Dominion) alongside Kathleen Quinlan (Apollo 13), Joely Richardson (Color Out of Space), Richard T. Jones (The Rookie), Jack Noseworthy (Undercover Brother), Jason Isaacs (A Cure for Wellness), Sean Pertwee (Gotham) and Peter Marinker (Judge Dredd).
Event Horizon went through a troubled production history, with Paramount rushing filming and editing in an effort to fill the void of James Cameron’s Titanic as that film wouldn’t meet its projected release date, trimming down the original 130-minute cut much to Anderson’s dismay. The film was a critical and commercial disappointment upon release, grossing just $42 million on its $60 million budget but went on to receive a cult following and large sales on home video, initially sparking a conversation between the studio and filmmaker for a restoration cut of the deleted footage, though it has long been lost and therefore unable to be put together. Paramount Television announced development on a series adaptation of the material in 2019 with Adam Wingard (Godzilla vs. Kong) executive producing, though no word has come out in the years since.
Both Event Horizon and Monster Hunter are now available on Blu-ray and the latter can be purchased here!