Everything Everywhere directors Actively Exploring sequel to hit film

Create Everything everywhere at once was a long, emotional task, but there’s a chance the Daniels will go over it all again for a sequel.

That’s what the script-director duo Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert said news week in an in-depth conversation about her massive hit film. The band Son Lux produced the mammoth 49-track soundtrack Everything everywhere at once too and they discussed the moments that made them burst into tears during production.

Michelle Yeoh plays the main character Evelyn, a disaffected laundromat owner whose mind has awakened to the possibilities of her multiversal self. Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, James Hong and Jamie Lee Curtis also star in the genre-bending film full of surprises.

“In our work we discovered that we like to combine tones,” says Scheinert, one half of the Daniels duo news week. “Transitions are fun, but unexpected explanations can also break certain barriers.”

“It’s more truthful to our existence in reality,” Kwan added. “It’s a mix of constantly different tones and experiences. We wanted to capture that emotional whiplash.”

Everything everywhere at once is Daniel’s second feature film after the 2016 indie hit Swiss army man starring Daniel Radcliffe as the bloated dead body.

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Writers-directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert join veteran actor James Hong at the premiere of A24’s Everything Everywhere All At Once.
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The Daniels turned their backs on other multiverse-focused stories while writing their own screenplay. They have gone on record as ignoring things like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Rick and Morty just to be on the safe side.

“It just didn’t help our writing process,” said Scheinert.

“Those other films paved the way, we can’t complain.” Kwan said, “There’s a much better understanding in the culture now. We were naïve enough to say that we’re going to build a foundation of the multiverse and then break through it, all in one movie.”

Everything everywhere continues to play in theaters worldwide and so far has been met with incredible acclaim from viewers and critics alike. The reviews are in and it still holds an impressive 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and at the time of writing it’s the 50th highest ranking film of all time on IMDb. It is the highest rated movie of 2022 on the site.

While it moonlights as a rollicking, wacky, sexy, goofy, ambitious sci-fi film, the central story is an emotional family drama. The unexpected emotion of Everything everywhere at once is something that has influenced the band Son Lux over and over again.

“I was tasked with capturing the very intense, emotional moments,” said band member Rafiq Bhatia news week“And I think I cried every time I looked at it. I cried all 397 times. It really took a lot of strength from us.”

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Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu and Ke Huy Quan play members of the Wang family in Everything Everywhere All At Once, out now.

An experimental American band, Son Lux consists of Bhatia, Ryan Lott and Ian Chang. Individually and collectively, with a little help from the likes of Randy Newman, Andre 3000, yMusic and Moses Sumney, they created the film’s 49-track score. The film’s lead single, “This Is a Life,” which also opens and closes the film, is a melancholic track featuring Japanese-American singer Mitski and David Byrne of The Talking Heads.

“The whole film was up to us. We put it to music and texted each other like, ‘You all, for some reason this one just got me and I’m a mess over here,'” Lott recalled. “

He continued, “This film touches your heart in a very surprising way. In the end, all this kind of madness and madness and humor and absurdity culminates in a huge hug. It was our job to make sure we got all the emotional notes going with the score.”

The response to the lead single, which Son Lux wrote with the help of Mitski and Byrne (although it was all via Zoom), was overwhelmingly positive, if surprisingly emotional, according to the band.

“I think a lot of people’s reaction online was just, ‘What the hell, I’ve cried enough and then this song comes on,'” Chang laughed.

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Jamie Lee Curtis stars in ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ and looks at the film poster at the film’s premiere in March 2022.
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Everything everywhere at once is a two-hour self-contained story that could be wrapped up neatly and left alone. However, as the filmmakers admit, it’s always tempting to unpack the box.

“It’s a great question that we’ve discussed since we honestly finished this film,” said Kwan. “How do we get on from here? Because in many ways this film is a culmination of everything we’ve done with our style as music directors, and it feels like you can’t get much bigger, or as far as what we’ve been trying to pull off.

“We develop projects, both things that feel very different because we’ve evolved as creative people just to exercise other parts of our abilities, but at the same time there’s a lot of things that we had to cut from this film, a lot of concepts and ideas and characters that we really want to explore further,” Kwan said.

The fans who reacted so positively to it Everything everywhere at once are in the mind of the Daniels and could be rewarded with a follow-up or a sequel of sorts.

“Now that we have this audience and some fans people are watching us now which is really scary and exciting okay what can we do with this opportunity? We want to make sure we look back on that time when we made the right decisions and made the most of that moment. Because we know this is a very rare, special moment, and who knows if we’ll ever do it again? Kwan considered.

So what do the Daniels think next: another original project or a sequel? “We’re doing both to answer your question,” Kwan said. “We’ll see what happens. We’ll see what the universe greenlights first, but we’re actively exploring everything.”

The sci-fi action comedy drama Everything everywhere at once is now in cinemas.

https://www.newsweek.com/everything-everywhere-all-once-interview-daniels-son-lux-1706129 Everything Everywhere directors Actively Exploring sequel to hit film

Rick Schindler

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