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.
Gavin O’Connor’s Warrior was a well-executed double-Rocky story and I’m slightly surprised that it did so poorly at the box office. But the writer-director is picking himself back up off the mat and has sold his spec script The Samurai to Warner Bros. O’Connor co-wrote the script with Michael J. Wilson, and The Playlist reports that while details on the plot are slim, “it’s said to be a ‘brutal’ lightning fast thriller, with international locations that also features a love story as part of the plot.” [Update: Deadline adds "The action adventure is about a rogue assassin named Townes Joyce, who breaks out of a Texas jail that puts him on the run from an international manhunt. Along the way, he gets involved with a woman and her child, and they go along for a ride that spans Costa Rica, Colombia, Paris and back to the U.S."]
O’Connor has a solid working relationship with WB having his previous film Pride & Glory released through New Line (although it sat on the shelf for quite some time) and working with the studio on Victory, which has him re-teaming with his Warrior co-writer Anthony Tambakis. As for Wilson, he co-wrote the script Tiki with Ahmet Zappa (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) and sold it to Disney. He also penned the cop-thriller Inventory with Bruce Willis attached to play a cop who goes undercover in AA to get a written confession from a murder. Those meetings are supposed to be anonymous, Bruce! ANONYMOUS!