Saturday Night Live alumni Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Bill Hader (Superbad) are set to reunite in The Skeleton Twins. The indie comedy, produced in part by Jay and Mark Duplass of Duplass Brothers Productions, will co-star Luke Wilson (Old School); Craig Johnson (True Adolescents) will direct from a script he co-wrote with BAFTA-nominated screenwriter, Mark Heyman (Black Swan). The Skeleton Twins will team up the Adventureland duo as two estranged twins who reunite after cheating death and are forced to confront their pasts. Hit the jump for more.
After picking up the project nearly a year ago, Lionsgate has now attached The Adjustment Bureau director George Nolfi to helm and oversee a rewrite of the social media thriller XOXO. The project was initially written by Black Swan scribe Mark Heyman on spec, and was pitched as a modern day Fatal Attraction that explores the dark side of virtual relationships as it follows an up-and-coming executive who blurs the line between his real-life fiancé and his online affair. The pic will utilize “stylized visual sequences” to portray the online interactions, bringing a whole new meaning to the term “poke.”
Hit the jump for more on this “Facebook thriller” that has Darren Aronofsky and Michael London (Sideways) onboard as producers.
A spec script for a contemporary thriller by Mark Heyman (Black Swan) that had been circulating for a few months has been acquired by Lionsgate. XOXO, pitched as a modern day Fatal Attraction, explores the dark side of virtual relationships as it follows an up-and-coming executive who blurs the line between his real-life fiancé and his on-line affair. XOXO will use streaming video and social media platforms on a cinematic scale to emphasize the concept (or misconception) of the truth behind our digital identities.
Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky will produce through Protozoa Pictures, as will Michael London through Groundswell Productions and Kelly Mullen, who brought the project to the studio. Although Aronofsky has directed from Heyman’s sceenplays before, no director is attached at the moment. Hit the jump for more on Heyman and Aronofsky’s upcoming projects.
Mark Heyman (Black Swan) had so much success with his last creepy/obsessive/possibly insane protagonist that the scribe is returning to familiar territory with his latest script. Heyman is currently circulating a “Facebook stalker” pic entitled XOXO around several Hollywood genres labels with Darren Aronofsky set to produce. Per 24 Frames, the script centers on a twentysomething male whose digital relationship with a female peer takes a turn from “Wow, this online dating thing is really cool” to “Wow, thanks to this online dating thing I now have a stalker.”
The report also claims that XOXO will not exist solely on Facebook but will make use of streaming video and other social media platforms as well so as to create a digital world that acts as an extension of the physical one (sound familiar?). In addition to XOXO, Heyman is also writing a teen-centric apocalyptic tale for director Marc Webb entitled Age of Rage. Moreover, he’s also developing a project called Machine Man which is described as being in the vein of Robocop as it centers on a man who undergoes a titanium body upgrade and becomes a target as a result.
Steve recently spoke with actor and writer Bill Hader about his upcoming projects. One movie he might try to shoot while he’s on hiatus from Saturday Night Live is his wife’s Maggie Carey’s script, The Hand Job. The script landed on the 2009 Black List (a list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood) and we reported back in October that Aubrey Plaza was attached to play the lead role of a 17-year-old who wants to learn about various sexual activities before she goes to college. Hader says that he, Andy Samberg, Donald Glover, Connie Britton, Alia Shawkat, Mae Whitman, and Johnny Simmons are attached to co-star, and if that cast doesn’t make you excited, then you must not recognize these actors by name. You should work on that.
Hit the jump for what Hader told Steve about the project as well as a more dramatic film he may do called The Skeleton Twins with Anna Faris and Mark Duplass. Click here for what Hader had to say about his SNL character “Stefon”, and be sure to check back later today for more of Steve’s interview with Hader.
UPDATE: Steve here. Just spoke to Bill Hader again and he told me that Chris Mintz-Plasse is now attached to Hand Job as well! Hope this thing gets made this summer.
Back in 2008, music video director Marc Webb began to develop the sci-fi project Age of Rage based on his own idea. Since then his debut feature (500) Days of Summer was an indie hit, which thrust Webb into production on the Spider-Man reboot for the forseeable future. Webb hasn’t decided on what film he’ll shoot after Spider-Man, but Age of Rage ranks high on the list of possibilities.
Fox Searchlight has just signed Mark Heyman (Black Swan) to write the script. According to Heat Vision, Age of Rage “is set in a post-apocalyptic society where all the adults have died and a group of teens sets about trying to establish a new society.” Count me in. I hope Webb gets a chance to cleanse his palate with this relatively smaller Fox Searchlight film before he’s called to the set of a Spider-Man sequel. Heyman is currently working on an adaptation of Max Berry’s Machine Man, which should reunite him with Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky.
by Jeff Ames Posted: October 26th, 2010 at 4:07 pm
Critically acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky is set to direct the upcoming motion picture adaptation of Machine Man, based on Max Barry’s online serialized story. The production will reunite Aronofsky with Mark Heyman, who co-produced The Wrestler, and is currently penning the Machine Man screenplay. Mandalay Pictures will produce the film. Here’s what Variety has on the film:
A gadget geek and engineer working at a forward-thinking tech firm decides to systematically replace his weaker fleshy parts with high-end titanium performance upgrades of his own design. But he isn’t the only one with plans for his superior parts.
Barry wrote the story in serialized form, unveiling one page at a time from March 2009-December 2009 and the entire story will be published as a novel in Spring 2011. Aronofsky will direct Machine Man after Wolverine 2, which will shoot this March for a 2012 release. The prolific director has been linked to various films recently, notably Superman: The Man of Steel, Tales From the Gangster Squad, and Preacher. He will unveil his highly anticipated Black Swan in December. Hit the jump for more.