Jim Jarmusch is one of American cinema’s greatest and most accomplished indie filmmakers. The Ohio-born director made his first film at the dawn of the 1980’s; Permanent Vacation was a striking directorial-debut, of which he impressively followed up in 1984 with the quirky comedy of Stranger Than Paradise.
His eighties output continued to impress, offering audiences two of his most beloved films to date in 1986 and 1989 with Down By Law and Mystery Train respectively. His reputation was solidified in the nineties, of which saw the release of Night On Earth and Dead Man – both are arguably masterpieces. Jarmusch has never let his talents or success slip. Since 1980, he has had an unbelievably consistent career spanning almost four decades.
His last fiction film was 2016’s Paterson, a quiet and understated film about a bus-driver with a passion for poetry (played beautifully by Adam Driver). However, before this he directed a romantic vampire film starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston: Only Lovers Left Alive. The narrative centres around a couple who have lived for centuries, different in attitude yet perfectly attune. Their chemistry is spectacular, and the 2013 film may be one of the filmmaker’s very best works. With it, he wonderfully subverted the tired vampire sub-genre and gave it his own unique spin; we can now expect him to do the same with the zombie genre.
His upcoming project is reportedly a zombie film, and is titled The Dead Don’t Die. It has been billed as a comedy-horror piece, and will likely take an offbeat and charming approach to the cinema of the undead. As one would expect from a Jarmusch film, the cast is absolutely superb. So far, the film will star the likes of Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, Tom Waits, Caleb Landry Jones, Selena Gomez, Danny Glover and many more.
This really is a dream cast, and with Jim Jarmusch at the helm this is set to be something incredible. Plot details are slim, and as of yet there are no specifics regarding release, but it looks like it could be with us as soon as 2019. The director has the most astounding track-record, and has provided great cinema every single decade since he began. Early excitement is justified.