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Jack Black Reunites With Shirley MacLaine on ‘Wild Oats’; Alan Arkin and Jacki Weaver Also Starring

Posted by , on May 17, 2012 at 4:05 pm 

Maybe Jack Black is getting his career back into shape. Right in the wake of Richard Linklater‘s (reportedly amiable) Bernie getting a tiny release, ScreenDaily reports that he and Shirley MacLaine will collaborate once more on Wild Oats, an independent comedy that Howard Deutch (Pretty in Pink) is directing; Alan Arkin and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom) are also locked to star.

ThePlaylist have some finer points on the story, informing us that Oats (written by Gary Kanew and Claudia Myers) is the story of two women (Weaver and MacLaine) who go to Las Vegas after one is sent a Social Security check for $900,000; there, the friends encounter three criminals who try to swindle the money from their grabs. And, although it’s not confirmed by any means, I’m guessing Arkin and Black will play two of those three fellows, if only because I like to make assumptions based on little-to-no proper information.

Degenerate or not, though, a casual Black fan, like myself, can’t help but be quietly relieved to hear of a potentially strong project waiting in the pipeline. (Charlie Kaufman‘s perpetually-in-pre-production Frank or Francis is, right now, the other one I have in mind.) It’s not as though Wild Oats will simply erase the memories of Gulliver’s Travels in the swipe of a hand, but better late than never.

Are you up for Oats, based on this information?


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