French outfit MK2 hasannounced the beginning of principal photography on the latest film from GusVan Sant. Filming begins this weekin Portland, Oregon on Paranoid Park, a project adapted from the book of the same name by Blake Nelson,which was released in the US in September.
MK2 will produce with NeilKopp and David Cress. Several of Van Sant's films have been released by MK2 inFrance but this film marks the first time the company will also produce andhandle world sales for one of his projects. Van Sant will also re-team with hisPsycho director of photographyChristopher Doyle on the film.
Van Sant has called the filma sort of 'Crime and Punishment set in the skating world' about a young skateboarder who kills asecurity guard in Portland's Paranoid Park. In a twist, the director launched acasting call on a MySpace blog this summer and ended up with a cast of sixunknowns for the lead roles.