It has now been almost ten years since we last saw a Peter Bogdanovich film in theaters. The critic-cum-director, who is probably best known for his work during the 70s (The Last Picture Show, What’s Up, Doc?), has spent the last couple of years directing TV movies, but it looks like that will change soon. During a recent interview, Bogdanovich broke the news that he is now working on a few projects. First up, he announced that he is working on a screwball comedy currently titled Squirrel to the Nuts. The film will be produced by Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach (The Fantastic Mr. Fox), and will tell the story of “an escort, a theatre director and a private detective.” Hit the jump to continue reading about what other projects Bogdanovich is working on.
During the interview with The National Post (via ThePlaylist), Bogdanovich also mentioned that he has completed the screenplay for his adaptation of Turn of The Century. The novel – written by Kurt Andersen – tells the story of “a Manhattan power couple and their three private school-reared kids. The hysterical pace of their respective professional lives is vaporizing their already troubled marriage, and the couple must struggle to keep their perspective and save their family.”
I’m very happy to report all of this news since Bogdanovich is one of my favorite directors (and film critics) of all time He has directed two of my favorite films (The Last Picture Show, and Paper Moon) and I’ve always been a bit bummed out that he has been stuck directing TV movies for past twenty years or so. The film geek in me also couldn’t help but smile when I read that Wes Anderson will be producing his upcoming screwball comedy since Anderson has let it be known that he is a huge admirer of Bogdanovich in the past. In fact, you can see Anderson geek out a little bit while interviewing Bogdanovich in the special features for Bogdanovich’s underrated private detective comedy, They All Laughed.
Anyway, I’m happy to see that Bogdanovich is planning a comeback with Squirrels to the Nuts and that Anderson will be the one responsible for bringing it to the screen. I look forward to being able to go see a film by Bogdanovich in the theater, and I really can’t recommend his filmography enough to anyone out there who is wanting to add some more titles to their Netflix queue. His films are, in my opinion, some of the best hidden treasures out there for adventurous film buffs.