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

Posted by , on July 3, 2012 at 9:30 am 

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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