Maybe you’ve heard, maybe you haven’t. But scraps of information regarding Tony Kaye’s new feature is certainly something to get excited about. Following his artsy philosophically-charged look into the life of a substitute teacher in Detachment, comes Attachment, an upcoming film which, despite the name, has absolutely nothing to do with his 2011 drama. Veering from schools, literary insights and social problems, this one looks at a married woman’s affair with a student, and the haunting consequences that come with it.
While this may initially sound a lot like something you’ve seen before – Zoe Heller’s Notes on a Scandal spring to mind – it promises to take a completely different path. Instead, the whole thing turns into a stalker-nightmare when the student starts dating the teenage daughter, while we can prepare to see lives turn into a living hell. Given Kaye’s dabbling in a number of different genres, it seems as though Attachment could turn into something very interesting. The British-born director has more than proven his worth as a diverse and explorative artist.
More exciting news is that Sharon Stone, now 53 years old, will be taking the lead role. In this way – drawing from her raunchy performance in Basic Instinct – Stone is returning to what she does best. Only this time, she’s slightly older, perhaps giving this sexual thriller a classier, more dignified edge. The “antagonist” will be played by Tom Felton, who most know as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, an actor whose face screams out stalker from a mile off. Tony Kaye has teamed up with producer, Brad Epstein (About A Boy) and writer, Christopher Denham (Home Movie) who signs the screenplay and will undoubtedly add to the film’s darkness. W2 Media will be distributing the film.
The film isn’t set to be released until 2014, so it looks as though we have a long time to wait, but it feels like this is something that needs to be waited for with enthusiasm. Tony Kaye has a relatively small feature-film repertoire, but his skill and craft as a filmmaker has always been remarkably evident.