‘Ad Astra’: Director James Gray Talks Space Movies, Doing Fellini For Trump & Much More [Interview]

This week, 20th Century Fox, and by extension, Disney, put up a significant gamble, especially one from this new Fox/Disney era, James Gray’s “Ad Astra.” Yes, “Ad Astra” a grand space movie in the tradition of Stanley Kubrick with one of the biggest stars on the planet, Brad Pitt, in the lead role. But as epic and interstellar the movie can be, it’s also, intimate, reflective, melancholy; a father’s and son art movie set in outer space, that also borrows much of its Joseph Campbell-ian structure from “Hearts Of Darkness” and “Apocalypse Now.” And one that reportedly cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $80-$100 million.

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