Last night I caught the World Premiere of Red, which was directed by Trygve Allister Diesen and Lucky McKee. We caught up with Trygve – whom finished the film when Lucky exited – and chatted a bit about what type of film Red is and how anyone can relate to it. Read on for our exclusive interview and watch for more on this Jack Ketchum adaptation soon.
Director Trygve Allister Diesen
Sundance Film Festival 2008
One of the interesting things about the Sundance film RED is that Lucky McKee was originally directing the film and halfway through he abruptly exited the picture with Trygve Allister Diesen taking over. Trygve tells us he was approached to do it and loved the script. “I saw the script and thought it was too good to die, it was a great story and thought it deserved to go to big screen.,” he continues, “I read the book and the script, the book is terrific and Stephen Susco wrote a killer script.”
The real question was how much of RED is Lucky’s? Trygve explains that it’s both their movies, “[It's] definitely a lot of his (Lucky McKee’s) picture, both our names are on it.” But exactly how much? We’re told about 60/40 in favor of Trygve.
Coming onto a film that’s already halfway into production must be tough; Trygve explains how he went about it. “Its hard because you have to work with what’s already there and of course you want to put your own stamp on things, but when you direct you have to work with other peoples talents and that’s what you do – you have to make the best of what’s around you and I’m very glad to have it here (at Suindance) now!”
Jack Ketchum novels are very scary because they connect to real life, which is why Trygve feels RED is for everyone. “I’ve made films before that are about when things close to you get threatened. I have children and a family and how far you’d go if they were threatened and I think it’s a universal thing that anybody can relate to.”
RED is playing at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.