“I wrote a three page script, the very basic premise of the script,” writer/director Rian Johnson says of the first time he came up with the idea to write the new action, sci-fi movie Looper. This film started as a short that was never produced and now stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. Dreams can happen in Hollywood!
After Johnson got his feet wet writing and directing a few other features such as The Brothers Bloom, he decided to go back to this short script about time travel to see if he could make something of it. It had been 10 years, Johnson says, but it was worth the wait.
“It took me a year an half to write the feature,” Johnson says of the film which turned into a much longer version of a travel movie about a mobster hit man who is asked to murder his future self. Sound confusing? That’s only the half of it.