EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning star Mark Rylance and his wife Claire van Kampen, a playwright, composer and director, have teamed up with Steven Spielberg and his Amblin Entertainment on a television project, the actor revealed to Deadline.
“It’s a historical project, about something that happened in the history of the United States,” Rylance (Dunkirk) said at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado.
Rylance appears in director Luca Guadagnino’s compelling cannibal drama bones and all alongside Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell. Guadagnino, Russell and Rylance have attended screenings at the festival.
Spielberg’s TV drama is under wraps, Rylance said, and he was reluctant to discuss it in detail.
However, Deadline has learned that it will, in part, explore the Battle of Homestead, the tragic 1892 labor dispute at the Carnegie Steel Co. in Pennsylvania that led to bloody clashes between members of the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers, locked out of the steel plant during a labor dispute and security officers working for the Pinkerton Detective Agency, hired by Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Clay Frick.
Rylance and van Kampen had planned to create a drama about the American steel industry between the Civil War and World War I.
However, without really specifying the subject matter of the project for Amblin, Rylance said: “I’ve been working on it as a play, and now all of a sudden I’ve realized it could be a television thing, and [Spielberg] do you agree.” He added that he and van Kampen completed treatment for the first episode.
Rylance, van Kampen and Spielberg have been close friends for decades. Spielberg directed Rylance in the BFG (2016) and bridge of spies (2015), which earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Regarding playing a carnivore in bones and All, Rylance argued that cannibals “are not sociopaths or psychopaths; they have an affliction and they are aware that it is a harmful affliction, and they are trying to make the best of a bad situation,” she explained.
“They want to do good,” Rylance insisted. “They are trying to be good. They are ethical characters; They talk about rules.
In fact, the film is aimed at those who constantly break the rules: human beings. “Oh Lord!” Rylance yelled. “Americans and the English people! We are consuming Third World people right now.
“If you’re looking for a cup of tea or a cup of coffee, there are people who are dying to provide that. Our film is a beautiful allegory of our consumptive and narcissistic society. I’m not in a high seat saying that; I am as guilty as anyone else,” she admitted.
“Now, are we going to stop? We can not! We are consuming the earth!” he said looking completely disgusted.
He observed, philosophically: “There are so many ways to consume another person, besides eating them.”
However, deep down, bones and all it’s a love story, Rylance said, involving the excellent young cannibals played by Chalamet and Russell.