Everything Everywhere All At Once’s original script is even weirder
In Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwanwild space jump movie Anything Anywhere Anytime, a lot of the plot revolves around branch points where people make their important choices. Every decision creates a new timeline and a new if-what-if world. Giant Companion Art Book A giant, meaningless rotation of radioactive rocks and gas that you are about to happen creating a set of what ifs – especially in the script for a scene that Daniels cut from the movie. The sequence suggests an entire alternate timeline for their movie, with brand new characters and a completely different tone.
In the first version of the film, Kwan tells Polygon, the Wang family – Evelyn Wang (Duong Tu Quynh), and her father, husband, and daughter – are briefly introduced at the beginning, before an anonymous narrator takes over the story. “It used to be more attached to the family,” Kwan said. “It starts with a family video, and then the narrator will say, ‘Anyway, let’s move on!’ and we jump into this and that. “
“The Whole Thing Is Different” is a scene that looks like something out of a classic Douglas Adams sci-fi comedy. Hitchhiker Galaxy Guide – especially the 1981 BBC radio and television version, which framed the story with narration from a famous hitchhiker’s guide.
Storyteller in Everything is everywhereThe deleted scene begins by introducing the story in cosmic terms: “Here we are, right now, at the beginning. And since most of the beginning is also often the end, it would be wrong if I didn’t point out that we are also here, at the end. And since every moment would not be possible without the moment before it and becomes unnecessary without the moment after it, we can say that the existence of everything that has happened and will happen depends on it. depends on the existence of this moment. This is it. This is all. Let’s begin. ”
The narrator goes on to introduce two men who exemplify the film’s infinite multiverse principles. The first, WT Warren, was an experimenter wearing 20 football helmets in 1912 in Pennsylvania. His job is to put on a helmet and run straight into the wall of a farm. When a quantum accident causes him to go completely through the wall on one test – a given unlikely event happens at least once in a potentially infinite universe – he gets drunk and decided God wanted him to inspire people with miracles. So he faces three armed robbers, who fatally stab him – although, as the narrator notes, in a small subset of universes, the knife also pierces. past him, and he goes on to marry the love of his life, whom he’s trying to impress as he stands up to the thieves.
“And if you think all this like a fundamental misunderstanding of how the world works, I fear your opinion of infinity, my friend, may be too small. compared to this story,” says the narrator.
The scene continues with another character, a high school soccer player in 1957. In a particular game, if he catches a particular ball, he becomes a cult leader. If he misses it, he gets injured and becomes a lonely carpenter who is only happy in the universe where the table can talk. All of this narrative gives the idea of a multiverse defined by accidents of choice, but it all seems like a big difference from the finished, focused movie. much more specifically on Evelyn and her family.
As Scheinert explains, he and Kwan removed the scene from their original script fairly early on. “I don’t think it was ever in the draft that we sent out to anyone,” he said. “It’s like a zero-eight draft. Before we send [the script] for any manufacturer we cut [this sequence]because the script is 255 pages long. ”
Kwan and Scheinert say that the narrative is both intended to establish a specific alternate universe that also does not appear in the final film. The narrator is said to have what Kwan describes as “a very eloquent, possibly Southern voice.” “Someone like Susan Sarandon,” added Scheinert. Finally, as Evelyn is traversing the various multiverses, she will enter a multiverse where her voice is also provided by the narrator.
“So she would have the voice of Susan Sarandon,” Kwan said, “and you would realize, “Oh, in this universe, she was adopted by a white family that brought her in from Europe. Asia, and she grew up as an adoptee, and she had perfect English, and she became a writer. ‘ So that’s a big, long part of the story. “
Scheinert says the whole concept of the frame is meant to be equally evocative by Douglas Adams and Paul Thomas Anderson Magnolia. But it also arose out of Daniels’ admiration for Charlie Kaufman, the writer of Think freer travel, It’s John Malkovichand Synecdoche, New York.
“I think that’s one of the biggest touchpoints we’ve come down to,” says Scheinert. “We loved Charlie Kaufman, and the original idea had a very Kaufman quality, like, ‘Let’s make a very accessible sci-fi action movie that falls apart, because the multiverse is crazy. crazy.” It took us a while to realize that we don’t have to go postmodern to get there.
Both Daniels say that the whole concept of the movie is inherently so modern that it doesn’t need recursive characters or frames. “It’s in its texture,” says Scheinert. “So we removed a lot of that. But we played with that for a long time, like, ‘Should we appear as characters in our own movies? Should the movie be a book written by Evelyn instead? ‘ I’m glad we came down to these touchpoints, as it helped us develop the themes, but these ideas were unnecessary. “
A giant, meaningless rotation of radioactive rocks and gas that you are about to happen To be available from A24 merchandise store. In addition to the deleted scene, it includes the original work, a short story, an interview about the multiverse between the Daniels and their “favorite neuroscientist, David Eagleman,” and an essay by daughter Carl Sagan, Author Sasha Sagan.