Schrader takes "Extreme" action in India

Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:13am EST
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By Steven Zeitchik

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Saying that he feels the U.S. film market has become "barren," Paul Schrader, the writer of classics "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull," is packing his bags for Mumbai, India, to write and direct the Bollywood action movie "Extreme City."

"I've been getting indie movies made for 20 years," he said. "But I take a good look around and what I see is a barren, barren place -- in terms of the financial community, in terms of audiences, in terms of distribution. It's cold out there."

In India, on the other hand, he says there are ways to gain both creative freedom and audiences.

"City" is a cross-cultural tale that centers on an American man who travels to India to help resolve a kidnapping case for his father-in-law, only to get caught up in a gangster plot.

In the Bollywood tradition, the film likely will contain some musical numbers. But Schrader says it's "not a Masala movie," referring to the term for a style of Bollywood film that combines action, romance, family drama and other genres in one big stew.

Schrader is working on the script for the film, whose dialogue will be spoken in English and Hindi.

"City" will be produced by Anubhav Sinha, the noted Indian director (he most recently directed the Bollywood action movie "Cash").

Schrader and Sinha are in talks with a number of Bollywood stars; the movie could get green-lighted at a bigger Bollywood studio or go the indie route.   Continued...

<p>Director Paul Schrader speaks with a journalist in Stockholm November 19, 2007. REUTERS/Bob Strong</p>