Our first podcast direct from SXSW 2011 is with Ben Ripley, screenwriter of the highly anticipated action-thriller, Source Code.
The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Captain Colter Stevens, an Iraq war vet who wakes from a traumatic war experience to find himself on a commuter train heading towards Chicago that’s the target of a terrorist attack. As the film unravels, Colter discovers he’s part of a military experiment using bio-mechanical engineering and computer code that enables him to jump into the body of someone precisely eight minutes before they die. His new mission: find out who the bomber of the commuter train is.
Ripley spoke to Script‘s west coast/web editor, Joshua Stecker, at SXSW and discussed the origins of the film, how he came up with this high concept script and the science behind it, and more importantly, how he got it into the hands of Jake Gyllenhaal, who in turn recommended Duncan Jones (Moon) to direct, which were the lynchpins in getting the film made.
Yahoo! Movies just added this clip of the first five minutes of Source Code:
Source Code Trailer: