by Tommy Cook Posted: August 14th, 2012 at 9:45 am
Magical realism is not a genre you see much of on film. Every once in awhile a Midnight in Paris or a Benjamin Button will come along, but for the most part the intermingling of the supernatural with decidedly human stories remains a somewhat neglected sub-genre. The Odd Life of Timothy Green, a welcome addition to the underutilized genre, uses a magical plant grown child as the starting point for a drama about a fading community and a burgeoning family.
In the following interview with writer/director Peter Hedges, he discusses how difficult it was to get a studio behind such a project, the thematic undercurrents of familial responsibility in his filmography (Pieces of April, Dan In Real Life) and the different processes he undergoes for novels, screenplays and theatrical plays, among many other topics of conversation. For the full interview, hit the jump.
We posted this trailer yesterday but Disney asked us to take it down because it was “incorrect”. Today it’s up on Yahoo! Movies and it’s almost exactly the same so here’s what I wrote yesterday: The trailer for The Odd Life of Timothy Green stars out innocently enough. Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton play a couple who are unable to conceive a child. They write down their hopes and dreams for the child they’ll never have, put the writing in a box, and bury the box in their backyard. In the middle of the night, they awaken to find a dirt-covered young boy in their house and he’s calling them “mom and dad.” If that actually happened, you would not be uplifted. You would be freaked out beyond all reason. Furthermore, we’re now going to have scores of child molesters burying their wish lists and hoping for a case of sprouted boy. Is that what you want The Odd Life of Timothy Green? IS IT?
If you missed the trailer yesterday you can check it out after the jump along with the poster. Watch the trailer and be horrified with me. The Odd Life of Timothy Green is set to open August 15, 2012 and believe me, I question the wisdom of running a trailer for a movie that’s over a year away.
Jennifer Garner is attached to star in The Odd Life of Timothy Green, the latest from director Peter Hedges (Dan in Real Life). The film is a “modern-day fable [that] centers around a child-prodigy musician and his parents.” Garner will play the mother, while Disney has made an offer to Mark Wahlberg for the role of the father. Vulture reports that Wahlberg is expected to pass, and that Joaquin Phoenix is on the “next step” of candidates to be offered the part if he does.
Jennifer Garner recently signed on to star opposite Jeremy Renner in Better Living Through Chemistry. She can also be seen in next year’s political satire Butter, and in the remake of Arthur starring Russell Brand.
While it’s not uncommon for an author to write the screenplay based on his novel, it’s noteworthy when that author decides to take on directing and producing duties as well. Peter Hedges will go for the trifecta by adapting/directing/producing The Heights for Focus Features. However, Hedges isn’t new to either writing or directing for films. He adapted his novelWhat’s Eating Gilbert Grape, adapted Nick Hornby’s About a Boy and wrote and directed Pieces of April and Dan in Real Life. Here’s how Variety describes the The Heights:
Hedges’ latest book is about a seemingly perfect husband and wife raising their children in an affluent neighborhood of Brooklyn known as the Heights. But their lives are turned upside down when a wealthy couple moves in next door.
I think Variety may have made a slight error in their summary because the official description it’s not a couple that moves in next door but an affluent single woman. Hit the jump for the official synopsis.