Synopsis and Release Date for New Film from LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Directors, RUBY SPARKS, Starring Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan

     March 26, 2012

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Directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton scored a huge hit with Little Miss Sunshine, but had difficulty getting a follow-up off the ground.  The duo was attached to Will, which was set to star Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis, but the project fell apart.  There was also the possibility of the comedy The Abstinence Teacher starring Sandra Bullock and Steve Carell, but that fizzled out.  Then Faris and Dayton were attached to try and get the long-in-development Used Guys into production, but it didn’t happen.  Last year, they finally got a new movie in front of cameras.  The film, He Loves Me, stars Paul Dano as “a once-great novelist who is creativity blocked due to heartache and loneliness, only to be turned around when he writes his dream girl (Zoe Kazan) who then comes to life.”  The movie co-stars Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan, Elliott Gould, Chris Messina, and Deborah Ann Woll.

Today, Fox Searchlight sent out a press release announcing that the title had been changed to Ruby Sparks.  The studio also revealed an official synopsis and a release date.  Hit the jump for more.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Calvin (Dano) is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby (Kazan), in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person.

It’s pretty much what we already knew, but it’s still a neat premise, and I’m game for whatever this cast has in store.

Ruby Sparks will open in limited release on July 25th.  As a limited release, it’s not really in contention with the blockbusters, which is good because otherwise it would be competing with The Dark Knight Rises, which opens five days earlier.  The only other limited release on the July 27th weekend is the long-delayed domestic release of Daniel Espinosa‘s crime flick Easy Money (aka Snabba Cash) starring Joel Kinnaman (The Killing).

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