Magazine article Screen International

Travolta Reveals Possible Directing Plans in Karlovy Vary

Magazine article Screen International

Travolta Reveals Possible Directing Plans in Karlovy Vary

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Actor talks about working with De Niro for Killing Season.

When asked if he wanted to direct in the future, John Travolta confessed that he doesn't fancy directing a feature but said he might direct a short based on his 1997 book Propeller One-Way Night Coach. "The only movie I'll probably end up directing is a short based on a little book I wrote about a boy who flew across the US when the propeller airliners were turning into jet airliners. It's an adventure about hte people he meets on airplanes," he said.

"It's a semi-autobiographical story, and I'd like my son to play me and my wife to play his mother, and maybe I will play the captain or something," said Travolta, who is a certified pilot who owns several planes. "If I'm going to direct, that will be what I would direct."

The actor was speaking today at a press conference at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, where he received a Crystal Globe for lifetime achievement last night and tonight unveils his latest film Killing Season.

Mark Steven Johnson directs Killing Season, a Belgian-US production from Millennium and Corsan starring Travolta and Robert De Niro as veterans who fought on opposite sides of the Bosnian War, who clash again years later. Evan Daugherty's script had been on the Black List of hot US unproduced screenplays, and Travolta said the strength of the writing was one thing that brought him on board. "I love the message of the movie, and I love the character. I love the challenge of the character," he said."

He said this kind of project was moving away from the "comic strip" films that Hollywood is favouring which he says are "not really my thing." He added: "You have to seek to have more of these kinds of movies that I grew up with."

Of working on a film of this scale that was made outside of the studios, he said: "You sacrifice the big release but you did something you believe in. I like doing movies I believe in, so it's an easy decision for me." (Travolta earlier this week spoke of similar trends at the BFI in London - see story here. …

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