New Details Emerge for Shane Carruth’s Sci-Fi Epic A TOPIARY; David Fincher and Steven Soderbergh Were to Executive Produce

Posted March 19, 2013 by Rick in Movie News


Shane Carruth is known to be one of the more mysterious filmmakers.  In 2004, his work Primer was a hit but after 2004 he was no where to be found.  He made more appearances late last year and announced that he had completed production on his Primer follow-up, Upstream Color (set to debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival).  The fans who followed up on Upstream Color were disappointed because it was more complex than Primer, but if you watch it a few times you’ll enjoy it.

In the meantime between the release of Primer and Upstream Color, there was speculation about a sci-fi project that Carruth was working on called A Topiary.  It is known that Carruth spent years expanding the project but came across a few altercations such as financial problems.  However, some plot details regarding A Topiary have been revealed.  For instance:

It’s a tale told in two parts: The opening section follows a city worker who becomes obsessed with a recurring starburst pattern he sees hidden everywhere around him, even in traffic grids. He eventually joins with other believers, forming a kaffeeklatsch-cult that’s soon undone by greed and hubris.

The second half follows a group of 10 preteen boys who discover a strange machine that produces small funnels, which in turn can be used to build increasingly agile robotlike creatures. As their creations grow in power and size, the kids’ friendships begin to splinter and they’re forced to confront another group of creature-builders. The movie ends with a massive last-minute reveal, set deep in the cosmos, suggesting that everything we’ve just seen was directed by forces outside the characters’ control.