Woody Harrelson has announced his intentions to make what he’s calling “the first live movie,” a feature-length, multi-location film that’ll be streamed directly into theaters, as it shoots, on January 19. Harrelson revealed the idea via a trailer released today, noting that it’s never been tried before, because “no one’s ever been that stupid.”
The actor is calling the project Lost In London, and basing it off an autobiographical incident from 2002, in which a broken ashtray in a London-area taxi ended with him being chased by police and eventually arrested. As he mentioned in an interview with Entertainment Weekly about the project, “At the time, in real life, it was completely unfunny. But then later I thought about it later and I said, ‘There’s comedy in this.’”
Harrelson—whose latest traditional film, Wilson, premieres at Sundance just three days later—says he’ll be using a single camera for the shoot, which will feature 14 locations and a cast of 30, including Harrelson’s friends Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson. He’s also recruited cinematographer Nigel Willoughby, whose work includes Downton Abbey, Penny Dreadful, and 2002’s The Magdalene Sisters, to man the camera, and help him pray that it doesn’t rain in London on the day of the big event.
Lost In London will stream in theaters (via Fathom Events) on January 19, at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET.