I was deeply impressed with Jeff Nichols’ coming of age drama, Mud, and would look forward to another of his films regardless of what it was about. So it’s just icing on the cake that his next film, Midnight Special, looks kind of like Spielberg (or JJ Abrams, at least) directing a Stephen King book:
Here we have a pretty impeccable cast of folks, all either gunning for or trying to protect this kid with special powers. Will the rugrat use his power for good or evil? You have to watch the movie to find out, dummy!
Here’s Nichol’s take on what the film has to offer (courtesy of EW):
The son happens to have unique gifts. It’s a weird word to use, but his gifts are, um, supernatural. Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Starman, they were my inspirations — very propulsive journeys that work when you can’t predict what’s going to happen next. This is my sci-fi chase film.
I’m into it, particularly with the gentle but assured tone displayed in this trailer. Midnight Special comes out March 18.