Tuesday, January 27, 2009

NEWS: LaBute Gets A Two Picture Deal With Screen Gems...

Hello all! Now, I know many of you may not be familiar with the name, Neil LaBute, however, I sure hope you are familiar with his films, at least a couple of them.

The guy is best known for his harsh dramas such as In The Company of Men, and Your Friends and Neighbors, along with wider seen films, such as the remake of The Wicker Man, and the comedy, Nurse Betty. While I think the first two films may be his best, most recently, the very gifted director helmed the Samuel L. Jackson starrer, Lakeview Terrace. It looks like the studio that released that film wants to keep him under contracted, as Screen Gems has now signed him up for a two picture deal. Thanks to Comingsoon.net for the info!

Helmer Neil LaBute has signed a two-picture deal with Screen Gems, reports Variety. The first project will reteam the director with his Nurse Betty star Chris Rock for a remake of 2007 British comedy Death at a Funeral.

LaBute, who most recently directed the Samuel L. Jackson starrer Lakeview Terrace for the genre label, has also signed on to helm the romantic comedy Here Comes the Sun for Screen Gems.

The American-set Death at a Funeral, which was written by Rock and Aeysha Carr, revolves around a dysfunctional family that gathers for the patriarch's funeral. Tensions rise and old conflicts are uncovered.

Nina Coleman wrote Here Comes the Sun, whose plot details are being kept under wraps.


I have really mixed feelings about this news. For one, I'm glad to see him get work, and I actually think, as much as I like the rather new film, Death At A Funeral, I think it's right up his alley. He's arguably the master of dysfunction, and this could really work. However, I wish he would stay out of comedies. Nurse Betty isn't very good at all, and I just personally wish he would stick to smaller, more intimate, and more emotionally abusive films that he is without a doubt the master of.

What do you guys think??

Go see something good!

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