Title: Zelda Williams Delivers Fun Homage to 1980s Slasher Films in Directorial Debut “Lisa Frankenstein”
Zelda Williams, daughter of the late Robin Williams, has stepped into the spotlight with her feature directorial debut, “Lisa Frankenstein.” The film, described as a fun ride rather than a groundbreaking spiritual journey, pays tribute to the beloved 1980s slasher films that have thrilled audiences for decades.
Penned by esteemed screenwriter Diablo Cody, “Lisa Frankenstein” stars Kathryn Newton and Cole Sprouse in lead roles. The story centers around a high school outsider who unexpectedly falls for a non-verbal corpse that has miraculously come back to life. The unlikely pair embarks on a journey of friendship, love, and a quest to find missing body parts.
While the plot may sound bizarre, “Lisa Frankenstein” takes the opportunity to incorporate a killing spree in order to replace the corpse’s deteriorated appendages, including a hand, an ear, and, yes, even his manhood. The bizarre twist adds an element of dark humor to the film.
Notably, the production encountered a peculiar incident during the filming process when the prosthetic penis, essential to the storyline, mysteriously disappeared for a staggering two months. This unexpected turn of events only heightened the excitement and anticipation surrounding the film’s release.
Williams was excited to take on a comedic project after having directed music videos and shorts in the past. She found the perfect cast in Kathryn Newton and Cole Sprouse, and together they brought the unique characters to life on the silver screen.
Beyond the quirky storyline, “Lisa Frankenstein” aims to send a heartwarming message that being different or considered a “weirdo” should never hinder someone from being loved. Williams wanted to convey this important sentiment to audiences.
The pandemic presented its own set of challenges for Williams as a director, but she was able to overcome them through her determination and ability to create a strong chemistry between the actors. She also reflects on her experience as Robin Williams’ daughter, acknowledging the pressure to prove herself in the industry.
Despite her successful foray into directing, Zelda Williams expresses uncertainty about returning to acting and prefers to focus on her newfound passion. Furthermore, she shares her indifference towards the Oscars and discusses her favorite movies of the year.
Looking to the future, Williams reveals her dream project: adapting the beloved book series by Garth Nix into a cinematic masterpiece. As a word of advice, she discourages remakes of her father’s movies, believing they should be respectfully left to rest in peace.
In closing, Zelda Williams emphasizes the importance of selecting the right projects, drawing comparisons to actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck who turned down a potential sequel to “Good Will Hunting.” She uses their example to highlight the significance of making choices that align with one’s vision and values.
Zelda Williams’ directorial debut, “Lisa Frankenstein,” promises to captivate audiences with its humorous and nostalgic homage to 1980s slasher films. As she takes her place behind the camera, Williams has demonstrated her talent and potential, paving the way for a successful career in the realm of filmmaking.
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