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.
Being Flynn stars Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood) as Nick, an aspiring writer who has long been troubled by the memory of his absent father, Jonathan (Robert De Niro). Sheer coincidence rears its head when Nick takes on a job at a local homeless shelter - a place where he eventually encounters his wayward paternal figure. Costarring in the film are the likes of multiple Oscar-nominee Julianne Moore as Nick's late mother, and Olivia Thirlby (Juno, The Wackness) as Denise, a fellow worker at the shelter.
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