Paul Weitz started his directorial career off well with films like American Pie and About a Boy, but thereafter experienced diminishing critical/financial returns from titles such as In Good Company, American Dreamz, and Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant… that is, until he hit a new box office high (but critical low) with Little Fockers in 2010.
Now P. Weitz is trying his hand at writing and directing another literary adaptation: Being Flynn, a cinematic treatment of Nick Flynn’s 2004 memoir, “Another Bulls**t Night in Suck City”. The project was (at one point) going under the truncated title Another Night.
Check out the trailer for Being Flynn below:
De Niro has gotten a lot of slack in recent years for (essentially) coasting his way through mainstream flicks like the Meet the Parents sequels, Everybody’s Fine, and Killer Elite, just to name a few. However, Being Flynn looks to feature a more committed and emotionally-rich performance from the acting legend; the same could be said for Dano, who’s recently stuck to playing two-dimensional characters in expensive popcorn fare like Knight and Day and Cowboys & Aliens.
Weitz has tried his hand at a variety of genres over the past decade (ex. coming-of-age drama, political satire, kid-friendly fantasy, broad comedy) but with only decent-to-poor success. While Weitz’s track record makes it difficult to argue that Being Flynn won’t turn out to be a dud, the film looks and reads as being a much more serious and engaging tale than the writer/director’s recent works. If nothing else, the solid cast alone indicates that this flick is one worth keeping an eye out for.
On that note – check out the Being Flynn poster below:
Being Flynn has yet to secure an official release date in the U.S., but it is expected to reach theaters by the first half (possibly Spring) of 2012.
Source: iTunes Movie Trailers