Pride Month has one little surprise left in store: Spanish director Pedro AlmodÃ²var is working on a new movie that he promises will give us what we thought Brokeback Mountain was supposed to be.
The outspoken movie creator is set to begin shooting his short film, Strange Way of Life, in August, and plans on using Brokeback Mountain as a guide. Unlike the 2005 Ang Lee directed movie, AlmodÃ²var wants the sex scenes to be more intimate and doesn’t want to face any “limitations.”
“I think Ang Lee made a wonderful movie, but I never believed that they would give me complete freedom and independence to make what I wanted,” AlmodÃ³var said to IndieWire about passing on the film in 2005. “Nobody told me thatâthey said, ‘You can do whatever you want,’ but I knew that there was a limitation.”
Oscar-winning director Ang Lee took on the project of Brokeback 17 years ago, but AlmodÃ²var turned down the project because he thought Hollywood wasn’t going to give him full creativity. He hopes his 30-minute film will be his “answer” to the classic movie. Call me a lion, because I want to see this short roar!
Starring Ethan Hawke as a sheriff named Jake, and Pedro Pascal as the gunslinger Silva, the short takes place in a desert and follows the pair as they reunite after 25 years apart, living on opposite sides of the sand.
“So one of them travels through the desert to find the other,” AlmodÃ³var told the outlet. “There will be a showdown between them, but the story is very intimate.” When questioned about the romance between the two, he replied, “You can guess. I mean, masculinity is one of the subjects of the movie.”
Part of the reason AlmodÃ²var is tackling this short? He thought Brokeback Mountain needed a little more “horny.”
“The relation between these two guys is animalistic,” AlmodÃ³var told the site about the 2005 film. “It was a physical relationship. The punch of the movie comes when they have to separate, and Heath Ledger discovers that he can’t think about leaving. That’s a strong discovery. But until that moment, it is animalistic, and for me, it was impossible to have that in the movie because it was a Hollywood movie. You could not have these two guys fucking all the time.”
As of right now, there is no date set for when Strange Way of Life will be released, but you better get your cowboy suits ready because we are in for a wild ride.
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