Looper gets painted

TriStar Pictures has posted some rather interesting footage teasing its upcoming time-travel combat thriller.

In Looper, an assassin (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who specializes in disposing people for the mob of the future is surprised to find that his future self (Bruce Willis) has been sent back as his latest target. When the target escapes, he must hunt himself down before the mob of his own time decides he’s no longer of value.

Clearly, this new trailer is not the type of thing we see every day. Clips from the various trailers have been painted and animated in different styles, then reassembled for the video:

At first it seems like it might be constructed of planning sketches and storyboards, but it becomes quickly clear that it’s digitally repainted video. It was all put together by artist Zachary Johnson and musician Nathan Johnson – both cousins of Looper’s writer/director, Rian Johnson.

The film already has me pretty excited. Seeing that the primary filmmaker is willing to have fun with the franchise in this way just bolsters my hopes.

The synopsis of the film is thus:

Time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self  for assassination.

Here’s the theatrical trailer:

Looper, which also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff Daniels is set for a wide theatrical release September 28th, 2012.