Helming a big science fiction project is a huge undertaking for any filmmaker. Luckily, director Miguel Sapochnik has more than established his bona fides in that regard. Obviously, he’s best known for his work directing episodes of Game of Thrones, but his career is a long one, with his latest work, the sci-fi film Finch, about to become a bullet point on his resume. One of the year’s more surprising movies, and one of the more pleasing ones overall, at that, Sapochnik really makes you care about his robotic cast member. So, when given the opportunity to speak with him about the project, I jumped at the chance.
Below, you can hear my conversation with Sapochnik. I was fascinated to discuss this flick with him, considering how uniquely depicted the end of the world premise is. We chat about Tom Hanks‘ unsurprising class and professionalism on set, what attracted him to Finch, the special effects on display, Caleb Landry Jones, and much more. We didn’t have a ton of time to talk, but we made the most of it. Plus, it should whet your appetite to see this movie, which Apple TV+ has out right now. It’s a really good one, surprising me with how impactful it was, so don’t miss it…
Here is a bit from my review yesterday of Finch:
Director Miguel Sapochnik showcases, for the first time, a real aptitude for emotion. Finch uses your affection for the trio at the core to great effect. The script by Craig Luck and Ivor Powell give Sapochnik the ammunition to go to town here. Aided by Jo Willems‘ cinematography and a score from Gustavo Santaolalla, Sapochnik gives this a comfy and familiar feel, while still showing off the oppression of being one of the last men on Earth. However, Luck and Powell layer this with plenty of humor, making it a fuller experience than you might expect.
Behold my interview with Finch director Miguel Sapochnik. Enjoy:
Finch is available to stream now on Apple TV+, so be sure to check it out!