A quick look back at Ye Olde BMD Archives reveals that we last discussed Seth Henrikson's Pottersville all the way back in May of last year, just after the film finished shooting. At the time, here's how I described the project:
"The film revolves around a local businessman (Michael Shannon) who gets mistaken for Bigfoot while drunkenly rampaging through town in a homemade gorilla costume. When the host (Thomas Lennon) of a Monster Hunters-style reality show shows up looking to capture the beast, Shannon's character must decide whether to identify himself as 'Bigfoot'...or let everyone continue believing the lie.
I don't know what else to say. If that plot description doesn't pique your interest, I'm not sure I can help you."
May of 2016. We were so much younger then, so full of hope. The summer movie season was in full swing, the world hadn't yet gone completely fucking insane, and the idea of a film wherein Michael Shannon plays a man who gets mistaken for a Bigfoot while drunkenly rampaging through a small town in a homemade gorilla costume sounded almost too good to be true.
It is now November of 2017. This year's summer movie season was mostly a bust, all hope has been lost, and Pottersville is now (checks notes) nine days away from release. The only reason we know this is because the film's first trailer just landed (again, nine days before release, and well over a year after shooting wrapped).
Let's take a look.
Look, as a card-carrying member of The Michael Shannon Appreciation Society, it brings me no pleasure to report that Pottersville seems to be exhibiting all the unfortunate symptoms of...well, a film we probably should not be looking forward to. Of course my love for Michael Shannon all but guarantees I'll be giving it a whirl when it arrives later this month ("In Theaters", the trailer announces optimistically, but I'm gonna go ahead and plan on catching this one when it's streaming five days later), but I am suddenly far less excited about it than I was back in the kinder, gentler days of 2016.
God help us all.