‘Midsommar’ Writer/Director Ari Aster Describes His Next Film As 4-Hour Long “Nightmare Comedy”

The University of California’s Associated Students Program Board was able to speak with filmmaker Ari Aster (spotted by Slash Film) best known from his horror films Hereditary and Midsommar. 

The writer/director revealed to them that his next untitled film will be a “nightmare comedy” that will be 4 hours long. 

Aster revealed that he is working on a “nightmare comedy,” having just finished a new draft, and said, “ All I know is that it’s gonna be four hours long, over 17 [years of age].” 

It’s unknown at this time if Ari will split that film into two parts or release as one massive film. I’m not sure how many moviegoers are going to be able to watch a film with that length of runtime in a single sitting. 

I’m a huge fan of Midsommar as it was one of my favorite films of 2019, despite being late to the game. I enjoyed the flashes of dark humor in Midsommar much more than my experience watching Hereditary, but that could come down to personal preference. I’m extremely intrigued to see if he’ll attempt more of a horror satire or an actual straight-up comedy set within the genre being the backdrop. My money is on the former. 

MIDSOMMAR – A couple travel to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown for its fabled midsummer festival, but what begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.


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