Stranger things have happened, but not to me. Here’s the cast with the director (David Bruckner) and screenwriter (Joe Barton) after the screening last night at Midnight Madness, in Toronto. The other photo features two of the producers, Jonathan Cavendish and Andy Serkis, with David Bruckner, the director.
(L-R) Joe Barton, Sam Troughton, Arsher Ali, David Bruckner, Rafe Spall, and Rob James-Collier attend “The Ritual” premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Ryerson Theatre on September 8, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.
(L-R) Jonathan Cavendish, David Bruckner, and Andy Serkis attend “The Ritual” premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Ryerson Theatre on September 8, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.
(Sept. 7, 2017 – Source: Rich Fury/Getty Images North America)
I met Imaginarium in 2012, just before my family and I left London, and the whole Imaginarium team gave me their thoughts on an adaptation, and a performance capture demonstration too. A couple of companies wanted the option for this book, but I was so taken with Imaginarium’s enthusiasm and ideas, I had a sense this was the best chance I’d ever get to see a book adapted. I do believe I made the right choice. They’re an amazing company. And how they got this up and dancing was truly impressive to follow and watch. When I consider all of the variables and difficulties involved with making a film, I’m amazed that anything gets made. This film has had a remarkable journey too.
But I still can’t quite believe it’s happened. I may bump my head later and wake up back in my old room in London in 2008, a roll-up hanging out the side of my mouth and slumped over my tiny desk, as I write a book about four “best” friends who went camping in Sweden (“Sweden? F***ing Sweden”). But it was always a book, from the first page to the last, that I could see, frame-by-frame, as a film in my imagination.
As I say, stranger things …
You can see the full premiere albums here