It looks like Jonathan Pryce plans to follow in the footsteps of Phillip Seymour Hoffman by doing his next feature film in a German accent. At least, I think it's a German accent...
Pryce stars in the upcoming Justin Trefgarne scifi-dystopian thriller, Narcopolis. A new trailer has just been released for the film and at first glance looks like a cross between Children of Men, Equilibrium and perhaps even a little bit of Blade Runner thrown in for good measure. Can it match the quality of any of these films? Well, take a look at the trailer to judge for yourself.
Narcopolis is a futuristic thriller set in the near future where all classes of drugs have been legalized. Frank Grieves is a 'Dreck', a roaming narc responsible for keeping the black market dealers off the streets and the licenced drugs companies rich. When he discovers a rogue substance in an unidentified corpse, evidence suggests that Ambro, the most powerful drug manufacturer of all, are conducting secret tests on an experimental narcotic. Grieves discovers a second victim - this time alive - but she disappears and he is suddenly taken off the case by his superiors. As his options drain away, it's clear that legalization has come at a heavy price. Is it too late to save the city?
The concept certainly sounds interesting, and I expect their might be some allegories to be drawn concerning contemporary pharmaceutical companies and drug legalization arguments.
Narcopolis was partly funded via Kickstarter and actually did relatively well on the festival circuit. It was picked up by Altitude in the UK and XYZ Films in the US for a limited theatrical distribution.
Could this be the next big cult sci-fi hit, or will it go the way of many similar low budget science fiction flicks and disappear into obscurity?