After ‘Midsommar,’ Ari Aster Wants to Make a ‘Zonky Nightmare Comedy’

IndieWire | 7/13/2019 | Staff
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While “Hereditary” introduced Ari Aster as one seriously brilliant and twisted genre auteur, “Midsommar” had some fans concerned for his mental health. During a candid and often funny Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), the new reigning king of “elevated horror” (along with “Get Out” director Jordan Peele) hinted at some potential themes for his next projects, and his answer may come as a surprise to anyone familiar with his work. When asked whether Aster would ever consider making a comedy, the director replied with an enthusiastic: “YES. And hopefully very soon.”

“Next one will either be a zonky nightmare comedy or a big, sickly domestic melodrama,” he added. “It might take me a few movies before I wind back around to [horror], but I love horror and I’m sure I’ll be back.”

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Whether zonky comedy or sickly melodrama, Aster did promise to continue with at least one recurring theme: “Head trauma will ALWAYS have a place in my films.”

But first, Aster is working with prolific indie producer Lars Knudsen (“The Witch,” “American Honey,” “Little Men”) to produce new work from emerging filmmakers.

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