Even though he’s only directed two features, I’ve become a big Oren Moverman fan. The Messenger and Rampart are terrific, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting his follow-up. When I interviewed him almost two years ago, he had mentioned working on a David O. Selznic biopic for HBO and writing the script for Queer, which Steve Buscemi was set to direct. Since then, news about Moverman’s career has been fairly quiet, but today, Deadline reports that the writer-director will make the drama Time Out of Mind his next feature. The movie is based on a story by screenwriter Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardener), and is “about a New Yorker who enters a shelter when he runs out of housing options, then struggles to put the pieces of his life back together and fix a troubled relationship with his estranged daughter.” Richard Gere is set to star and produce, and production is set to begin in March.
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The synopsis sounds a bit corny, but in the hands of Moverman, I’m sure it will be something more thoughtful and complex. Talking about the film, Gere says:
“Time Out Of Mind has obsessed me for many years now,” Gere said. “It is a profoundly human story that we are determined to make into a powerful film that speaks to everyone. I am proud and delighted to be collaborating with the brilliant writer/director Oren Moverman in telling this emotional and uncompromising story of loss, connection and the possibility of redemption.”
“Richard is an actor I’ve admired for a long time and I am honored to be working with him on a movie that doesn’t pussyfoot around social issues while telling a very accessible, human tale about a dispossessed man who is also a father, a lover, a friend and a statistic that deserves our attention.”
Like I said, it’s probably not going to be some schmaltzy drama, and with a March start date, I’ll cross my fingers for a fall festival debut.