EXCLUSIVE: One of the movies I’ve been looking forward to ever since it started making the rounds has been Thoroughbreds. It’s something of a dark comedy that follows the exploits of two teenage girls who decide to commit a very specific murder. Sure, it’s a concept that’s been tackled a dozen times over, but it’s also one that was a labor of love for writer-director Cory Finley.
Unlike many films, it was one that wasn’t conceived for the big screen, but rather, for the stage, as the director revealed to our own Nancy Tapia in an interview.
“It was actually a play before it was a film, adapted from play to screenplay…”
While the story never reached the stage, it very quickly caught the attention of Hollywood producers, and eventually ended up where it is today — in a big screen film with rising stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke. But what was the germ of the idea for Finley? Speaking with us, Finley walked through what he was hoping to do with the story, and how it evolved.
‘I think the play started from me wanting to explore some of my own complicated feelings about wealth and privilege. The first thing I knew is it was going to be set in one of these communities. It’s set in a town like a Greenwich or a New Canon, Connecticut, something like that. Sort of a wealthy enclave outside of New York, and I live in New York City.
I knew that, and then I knew that it was going to be about these two young women who were kind of coming up in this world, and who were once kind of beneficiaries of this privilege that they were raised in, but also kind of trapped by it, and by these sort of terrible people that provided the wealth around them. I just sort of built the story around these two characters, and became this kind of thriller/film noir story, but at it’s core, I think it’s a story of friendship, and a story of characters growing up in a very particular place in time.”
The resulting film is a dark one in the vein of classics like Cruel Intentions and Heathers, one that’s sure to become an instant cult hit. Be sure to keep an eye out for our full interview with Cory Finley later today!
Thoroughbreds hits theaters this Friday!