We here at Collider are happy to debut the first trailer and poster for director Charles Matthau’s (The Grass Harp) adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel Freaky Deaky. The story centers on a former bomb squad officer (Billy Burke) who is transferred to the sex crimes unit where he gets suspended for investigating the rich, powerful and drunk Woody Ricks (Crispin Glover) after falling for a young woman (Sabina Gadecki). He decides to enact revenge, but along the way stumbles upon an odd group of characters including a Black Panther (Michael Jai White) and an ex-fugitive (Breanne Racano) and her bombing partner (Christian Slater).
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the poster. Freaky Deaky also stars Roger Bart and will be released on DVD on February 26th.
We’ve got a couple of new images to share with you today. Briefly:
- The Host – A new image of star Saoirse Ronan in director Andrew Niccol’s (Gattaca) adaptation of author Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi book. Ronan stars as a young girl whose body has become host to an alien invader. The film opens on March 29th, 2013
- Freaky Deaky – Images of Christian Slater, Andy Dick, and a very creepy Crispin Glover from the Elmore Leonard adaptation. Story centers on two radicals in 1974 who plan a scam using their bomb-making skills.
Hit the jump to check out the images.
A trio of actors have signed on for Charles Matthau’s (The Grass Harp) adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel Freaky Deaky. Variety reports that Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser and Craig Robinson will star in the Hollywood-centered crime flick. Dillon will star as an LAPD bomb squad officer who happens upon a plot hatched by two hippies who plan to scam a movie mogul using their bomb-making skills. Fraser plays a former activist who now puts his bomb-knowledge to work as a Hollywood pyrotechnics and demolition expert, and Robinson is poised to play a former Black Panther who now serves as the assistant to Fraser’s character.
In pitch-perfect casting, William H. Macy is already set to star as the alcoholic Hollywood mogul that the two hippie characters attempt to scam. The other day we heard that Sienna Miller may be starring in the film, but she wasn’t mentioned in Variety’s report today. Matthau will direct, and adapted Leonard’s novel himself. The film version will take place in 1974 instead of Leonard’s late 80’s setting of the book. While Fraser is used to starring in what can mildly be described as horseshit as of late, the other actors involved sound promising. It’ll be interesting to see who Matthau gets to fill out the rest of his cast. Production is set to start this summer in Michigan. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of Leonard’s book.
We have a couple quick casting notes to report. First up, Paul Schneider (Lars and the Real Girl) will star in Broken Lizard’s new movie The Baby Maker. While Broken Lizard will star and the troupe’s Jay Chandrasekhar will direct, the script was penned by Ice Age: The Meltdown writers Peter Gaulke and Gerry Swallow. Per Variety, “Story follows a married couple who fail to conceive after months of trying, prompting the husband to enlist his friends’ help to rob a Pasadena sperm bank, where he made a deposit as a young man. All of the Broken Lizard members are expected to co-star, with Kevin Heffernan playing the protag’s crazy best friend, who hooks him up with an Estonian master thief, played by Chandrasekhar. Other Broken Lizard members include Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske.”
Why the sperm bank wouldn’t simply give him back his own seed is beyond me. I’m also surprised that sperm keeps for that long. Logistics aside, Schneider is terrific actor and it will be interesting to see him play against the Broken Lizard gang. Hit the jump for some casting news regarding the adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s Freaky Deaky.
Myriad Pictures and Matthau Media are set to adapt Elmore Leonard’s comedic crime thriller Freaky Deaky. Charles Matthau, son of the late legendary Walter Matthau, is set to direct. Per Variety, “Freaky Deaky chronicles the exploits of two former lovers who are extreme radicals with a talent for bomb making. After several years and prison terms apart, they reunite to steal millions from an accomplice. But they draw the attention of police and a bomb squad, especially one cop with bomb training of his own.” Production is set to begin in early 2011.
Leonard’s work has been the basis for popular films including 3:10 to Yuma, Get Shorty, and Jackie Brown as well as less-than-popular films like The Big Bounce and Be Cool. Let’s hope that Freaky Deaky lands in the former category. [UPDATE: Deadline reports that William H. Macy will star. Macy's latest film, Dirty Girl, was picked up for $3 million last night by the Weinstein Company after its Toronto Film Festival debut].