Is Repo Chick a sequel from director Alex Cox to his 1984 punk cult classic Repo Man? Not officially, as Universal Studios tried to point out to Cox when they filed a cease-and-desist after the director announced the project was in active production last year. However, as none of the characters from Cox’s original film appear in Repo Chick, it’s hard to argue that it is a direct sequel. However, it’s lo-fi aesthetic and what we see of the plot strongly suggest that it is in spirit cut from the same cloth as Repo Man.
Much like the new Star Wars trilogy, much of Repo Chick was filmed in front of green screens with backgrounds added in post-production. Unlike the Star Wars films, Cox has gone for an interesting, funky lo-fi look for those backgrounds that has me anxious to see the completed film. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival last September, but hasn’t been picked up for distribution here in the States yet.