Director Jeremy Saulnier has actually been working for quite some time to get to this point. He started as a cinematographer on the 2006 film Hamilton before making his directing debut the next year with 2007’s Murder Party. He then spent the next six years serving solely as a cinematographer before directing his critically acclaimed 2013 indie darling Blue Ruin. Then in 2015 he followed it up with another masterpiece Green Room, a film that we here at Sleuth News were not afraid to praise in our review of it (See the original review here). Saulnier has taken a long road to get to the place he is now. He even is directing the first two episodes of the upcoming third season of True Detective. He was suppose to direct the third episode as well, but scheduling conflicts got in the way.
Most likely, that said conflict is his next directorial effort, this year’s Hold the Dark. It’s a film that will bring Saulnier front and center with mainstream audiences as it will be released on Netflix in September 28th, allowing his unique style to find it’s audience without issue. The synopsis is as follows:
After the deaths of three children suspected to be by wolves, writer Russell Core is hired by the parents of a missing six-year-old boy to track down and locate their son in the Alaskan wilderness.
Wright can relate to Saulnier from an actor standpoint, having slowly built up a career, but usually as a supporting player for decades (His first credit is in the 1990 film Presumed Innocent). Yet here, like Saulnier, he takes center stage in his most prominent performance. Hopefully the result is both finally receive the recognition they have earned with continually strong work in-front-of and behind the camera. Judging by the first trailer released today for Hold the Dark, it’s all but inevitable:
Hold the Dark co-stars Alexander Skarsgård, James Badge Dale, Riley Keough, and Julian Black Antelope. In addition, check out the first poster that was released a few days ago: