As a director Miguel Sapochnikthe next post-apocalyptic drama of BullfinchTom Hanks plays the titular inventor who finds himself living in near total solitude after a cataclysmic event wipes out much of the world’s population except him and his dog. Concerned with making sure his canine companion is taken care of once he dies, Finch sets out to build a clever robot meant to protect the puppy., and Bullfinch follows as the unlikely family bends over on top of each other at the end of time.
Good that BullfinchThe trailers for made the movie a lot brighter and more hopeful than other features with similar themes like I’m a legend and The road, this does not necessarily reflect how much easier it was to bring history to life. In a recent interview with tthe hollywood reporter, where he compared his work experiences as a director to the two Game of Thrones and Bullfinch, Sapochnik said that it is “more difficult to do something with any form of hope or lightness for many reasons”, but that it is immediately apparent when it works.
While Bullfinch largely revolves around the character of Hanks, who often interacts with a living dog, Sapochnik said the actor’s laid back demeanor played a big part in the flow of the production. Because the outside world Finch and his pet living in is so inhospitable to living organisms that he has to don a specialized suit multiple times throughout the film to survive the elements. Bulky exoskeletons are common enough in sci-fi movies that everyone has heard horror stories of people being forced to stand in what amounts to heavy, portable saunas for hours on end—but Sapochnik described how BullfinchThe creative team at made a point of creating something that Hanks could reasonably work on.
“He would arrive on the set in a costume, do his scenes, then sit on a chair, close his visor, turn on the air conditioning and fall asleep,” remembers Sapochnik. “Then when we were ready he would open the visor and go. It may not seem unique, but it has this cumulative effect. As a result, everyone was “sure”.
Bullfinch comes out just over a year after Tom Hanks became one of the first big-name celebrities to reveal he contracted covid-19, and Sapochnik said that real-world events definitely ended up shaping the arc of the new movie. But rather than trying to “club an audience” with direct parallels between Bullfinch and our reality, Sapochnik said his goal is always to make a story about a family on a road trip. “Science fiction is incidental,” Sapochnik said of Bullfinch. “We realized that you don’t need the world to be completely turned upside down to make it feel very close to you. The problem with making post-apocalyptic movies is that we get closer and closer to the truth and it’s kinda terrifying, you know?
Bullfinch is slated for release on Apple TV + on November 5.
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