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Just when you thought movie concepts couldn't get any weirder, we get stories like this one. Elijah Wood ('The Lord of the Rings' trilogy) has just signed on to the independent thriller 'Grand Piano.' In the film, he will play a formerly-renowned concert pianist who has had to take a five-year leave from the spotlight due to crippling stage fright. When he returns to give his long-awaited comeback performance, it's clear he's become the target of a madman and must now play the best concert of his career or else he and his wife will die. Yup. 'Grand Piano' was written by Damien Chazelle ('The Last Exorcism 2') and will be directed by Eugenio Mira ('Agnosia'). The film is set to begin filming late this summer and will be shot mostly in Spain.
I'm sorry, what? This movie is being described as "'Speed' at a piano," and I can't stop laughing at that conceit. Granted, I like Elijah Wood, and I'm really looking forward to seeing his 'Maniac' remake, but was there really a faction of the population laboring under the delusion that concert piano needed its own action film? Of course, without seeing the finished product it's hard to know for certain exactly how this will play out, no pun intended, but it just sounds like a desperate pitch more than a solid foundation for a film. Maybe we'll get lucky and the madman will actually be a demon who is forcing Wood to play the best song in the world lest his soul be eaten...a la Tenacious D.
What do you guys think? Could this bizarre concept yield a quality film? How fast will he reasonably be asked to drive that piano?