Friday, January 21, 2005

Alex & Emma II.

As some of you might know, I'm not the biggest fan of Finding Neverland. I'm especially unimpressed with Marc Forster. I don't think this is going to help matters:
Queen Latifah and Emma Thompson are joining Stranger Than Fiction, director Marc Forster's follow-up film to Finding Neverland... Will Ferrell already has been cast as an obsessive/compulsive IRS auditor who begins to hear a voice that turns out to be an author who is writing a novel in which Ferrell is the ill-fated protagonist. The auditor heeds the narrator's advice and turns his life around. Thompson is in final negotiations to play the author suffering from writer's block, and Latifah is in final negotiations to play a book-company employee whose job is to unblock writers. Maggie Gyllenhaal signed on this week to play Ferrell's unlikely love interest, a baker with anarchist leanings. (From The Hollywood Reporter.)

First of all, I can't believe Rob Reiner isn't directing this one. It's got his name all over it. And what the hell are Ferrel, Mags, and Emma doing in this? Shouldn't it be Luke Wilson or Jimmy Fallon and Kate Hudson and, er, Queen Latifah? Bleh all over that one.


At 11:22 AM, Blogger Tim said...

Dude, the script is hot shit, most recently highlighted in Esquire's Genius issue. (The writer has been linked to the Walter Mitty remake and basically emptied his drawer a little bit ago and sold every last piece of paper with words on it.) And Rob Reiner now only directs movies that Ted Griffin gets fired off of. Obvs.

At 1:01 PM, Blogger Dashiell said...

is that the zach helm guy? the former mr. lucy lui. my old boss loved that guy until he had the balls to hand in an incomplete draft.

At 1:33 PM, Blogger Tim said...

The very one.

At 1:52 PM, Blogger Dashiell said...

apparently he wrote a play that got him all that buzz. i am not going to look up the title for you, so you all just have to do that on your own.


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