Believe it or not, Steven Spielberg‘s first known work was a tiny TV movie shot over the course of just two weeks in 1971. The film followed a terror-stricken business commuter along the desert roads of Southern California running scared when a terrifying truck begins to pursue him for no apparent reason. The film in question is of course Duel which proved to be such a massive success when it aired on US television that it went on to screen in cinemas around the world, gaining the cult status it still maintains to this very day. Testament to its long-lived appreciation, director Alfonso Cuarón recently revealed that the film was a particular point of reference for him whilst shooting Gravity.
In 2015, THE DEVIL ON WHEELS (a direct translation of the film’s Spanish title), a new documentary will celebrate the making of and the cult surrounding Duel, exploring exactly why the it has generated such a passionate, international and undying cult.
Directed by Enric Folch, a multi-award winning TV director in Spain, this feature-length documentary will be shot in the USA with a team of five international Duel lovers travelling the country to explore the whole Duel phenomenon. The team will be interviewing the surviving members of the crew, reconstructing the way the movie was made, and meeting other fans and experts to pick their brains and deliberate the film’s enduring appeal.
On Wednesday 4th March, the Devil on Wheels Productions will launch a 30 day Kickstarter crowd funding campaign on an all-or-nothing-basis giving fans the chance to take part in the project. The filmmakers have set up a website to provide fans will all the Duel related information they could dream of in one place. There is also an official Facebook page where fans can meet and greet each other. An actual gathering with Duel fans is also planned at one of the locations whilst the film is shooting. Be sure to keep up to date with the documentary over on Twitter, Google, Vimeo and YouTube.
In the meantime we’ll leave you with the original theatrical trailer for Duel to remind you just how great the movie was, as if you didn’t already remember….