Renee Zellweger is looking to try her hand at directing. Variety reports that Zellweger will make her directorial debut with 4 ½ Minutes, a comedy that takes place in the New York City stand-up world. The actress would also star in the pic opposite Johnny Knoxville, who will play “a commitment-phobic, train-wreck of a comedian whose life is falling apart when he takes a job looking after the genius son of single mom P.J. Andersen (Zellweger).” The script by Anthony Tambakis (Warrior) is based on the life of comedian Dov Davidoff.
Zellweger hasn’t exactly been prolific as of late, with her last feature film being 2010’s My Own Love Song. I can’t say the prospect of Zellweger taking on the stand-up comedy world is incredibly enticing, but it’d be nice to see a pleasantly surprising directorial debut from the Oscar-winning actress. Production on 4 ½ Minutes is set to get underway in NYC in February.