EXCLUSIVE: The Robin Hood actor tells me he’s pulling together the finance to shoot Day of the Dead this year. Danny Huston has written the script himself based on Kent Harrington’s 1997 novel. Huston pitches The Day of the Dead as “a seedy tale set in Tijuana, sort of like Casablanca, about a group of ex-pats hunting for the Fat Man”. Listening to Huston’s deeply delicious voice, you can’t help but be reminded of his father John Huston, who made his own Day of the Dead story Under the Volcano.
Before that, Huston stars in Playoff, due to begin filming in Germany on June 29 under director Eran Riklis. Playoff is based on the true story of an Israeli basketball coach who agrees to coach the West German team in Frankfurt – the city where his father was taken away by the Gestapo. Once in Germany he falls in love with a Turkish immigrant. Egoli Tossell Film of Germany (The Last Station) is producing alongside Israel’s Topia Communications and France’s Fidélité Films. Elle Driver is selling here in Cannes. Huston says he was attracted to the role because it’s about memories not always being what they seem. “It’s romantic, mysterious and dark,” he assures me.