Werner Herzog’s Next an “Epic” Gertrude Bell Biopic?


Werner Herzog spoke this morning with CraveOnline to promote the DVD release of his latest film, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? and chatted briefly about upcoming projects.

Theatrically, Herzog’s 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams will debut September 13th at the Toronto International Film Festival. Herzog was given unprecedented access to France’s Chauvet Cave, the site of some of the oldest documented human drawings.

That documentary will quickly be followed by another in the form of Happy People: A Year in the Taiga. Produced, edited and narrated by Herzog, the footage itself comes from a four and a half hour version by filmmaker Dmitry Vasyukov, focusing on hunters in Siberia. The film is expected to premiere at Telluride. Footage from the release premiered under-the-radar on Herzog’s own website and is viewable at the bottom of this story.

“In between all this, I’ve written a screenplay for a big epic feature film that I’m plowing on,” Herzog also told CraveOnline, though was hesitant to go into details.

The Playlist managed a bit more, learning that the film takes place in the desert. Most likely this is the long-discussed biopic of Gertrude Bell, the ambassadorial British writer who traveled the middle east in the first years of the 20th century, becoming a powerful figure in the political administration of the region. Late last year, Herzog told FilmCritic.com that a Bell project was in the works.

The busy director told CraveOnline that he has already started filming on another project as well involving a Texan maximum security prison.

Below is footage from Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, courtesy of WernerHerzog.com:

Happy People – Promo May 14, 2010 from Kay Mode on Vimeo.