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‘Fright Night’ Director Craig Gillespie to Helm Will Ferrell’s ‘Flamingo Thief’

Written by on July 3, 2012 

Craig Gillespie (Fright Night, Lars and the Real Girl) finally, after months and months of being stuck in place, came to his senses and realized that Seth Grahame-Smith is poison. With the genre mash-up shackles off and some opportunities at his disposal, the Australian helmer can angle toward something with even an ounce of respectability in its bones.

It’s not exactly a Bergman remake, but Variety reports he’ll next Will Ferrell in Flamingo Thief, a (come on) comedy produced by Ben Stiller‘s Red Hour Films. Michael LeSieur (You, Me, and Dupree), in writing the Black List screenplay, adapted Susan Trott‘s novel; both follow “Tim Forrester, a lawyer who becomes obsessed with stealing figurines of flamingos after his wife leaves him.”

A shooting schedule hasn’t been mapped out at the moment and, with Ferrell having both Anchorman 2 and Three Mississippi on deck, it might be a little while before this hits your local screen. (I think Red Hour — and whatever studio Thief goes to — can wait about a year before starting to production. Like to think, at least.) Now, will Gillespie make a huge impact on the project? Probably not — most would be hard-pressed to find a really noticeable “style” in his work — but I’m sure he can carry the project across its finish line on time and in a perfectly acceptable fashion. When it comes to Flamingo Thief, I don’t ask for much more.

Does Gillespie have the skill to make Flamingo Thief more than just a standard Will Ferrell comedy?

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