Jesse Peyronel makes his directorial debut with Siren, a supernatural thriller about a woman who has the uncanny ability to appear to each man as his heart’s desire. Wouldn’t that be nice!? (Well, actually on second thought, if the film is any indication… Given the genre… — No. No it would not. Not even close. Sorry, guys.)
We caught up with Peyronel to chat about the film, ahead of the film’s DVD and Digital release August 18.
GoresTruly: What inspired you to first become a writer, now director?
Jesse Peyronel: I come from a very artistic family – my father’s a rock musician and songwriter, my mother’s a fashion designer – so I was always encouraged to be creative. As a child/teen, I was an actor, but I was also drawing and writing in my spare time, and directing seemed to combine all those disciplines into one.
GT: Siren is your first major feature, I believe? Are you surprised that you’re only making your directorial debut now?
JP: Though we’d all like to make our first feature by the time we’re 25, like Orson Welles or Scorsese, the financial realities of life usually mean you have to work harder and longer to achieve your dream. I’m just grateful I’m able to make a living as a writer/director now.
GT: Where did the idea for Siren come from?
JP: I wanted to tell a tell a contained, finance-able story that showed off my sensibilities. In this case, a dark modern fairy tale. A grounded take on what it would be like to have a mutant power. An intimate, relatable, X-Men story, if you will.
GT: Did the idea change much from that initial idea stage? Evolve at all?
JP: Yes, the tone and ending shifted in development. Though I was lucky to find a single financier, producer Ludo Poppe, and he and Meg pushed me to bring out the best, and most accessible version of the film. Initially the third act was darker, more violent and sexual, a little like the underrated/underseen film STOKER – which hadn’t come out yet, so there was nothing I could compare my script to to sell my take.
GT: Great cast! Was it easy to land Vinessa and Rob?
JP: Thanks! It wasn’t easy or difficult, just lucky to land the right people at the right time. They came to us through two great LA casting directors, Susan Paley Abramson and Justine Hempe.
GT: The film is a mish-mash of genres, how would you best describe it to the readers?
JP: I like to think of it as a dark modern fairy-tale.
GT: Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to mention?
JP: I’m currently writing a pilot for Fox International Channels, adapting the Image Comic book series Sheltered for me to direct, and adapting a novel also to direct that will be announced in the press in the next week or two.