Shia LaBeouf seems to be leaving the franchise game behind in favor of smaller, character-centered dramas. Next year alone will see him in both The Company You Keep and The Wettest County in the World, with Horns still coming down the pipeline. Variety tells us of another project in something of that vein, this one a currently-untitled “quirky love story” from Monster House director Gil Kenan. Lava Bear Films — overseen by David Linde, Tory Metzger, and Adam Rymer — will make it their inaugural film, and The Jim Henson Co. will also produce.
The project, going under the working title of A Giant, is centered on “a girl, broke and running from a series of bad relationships, who moves back home to reconnect with her brother.” In lieu of her sibling, she ends up bonding with LaBeouf‘s “20-foot-tall man-child who lives next door,” and this is presumably where the romantic elements come in. Now, quirky isn’t an area I’m well-versed in, but I’d assume that being in a relationship with a 20-foot-tall man-child would constitute such a thing.
For Lava Bear Films, attaching a big star like LaBeouf as the lead of your inaugural production is certainly a smart way of helping it get to the finish line. Also of assistance is the company’s close ties to Linde, who has a working history with Universal; therefore, the studio looks like a possible destination for the film.
So long as they don’t make the film into some kind of bizarre comedy about giant-human sex (it’s late as I type this), I’d be interested to see LaBeouf do something that’s not only dramatic, but also physically challenging to him as an actor. Even as someone who likes the guy, it’s fair to say that running around and yelling isn’t the most difficult of work for a thespian. Something like this could help him disprove critics, although internet commenters will probably continue to hate him for no discernible reason.
Are you up for seeing LaBeouf in a more dramatic and unusual role?
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. If we were provided screener copies, we’ll have our own write-up, but if that’s not the case, one can find official descriptions from the distributors. Check out [...]
With a domestic box office gross of just under $4 million and a theatrical roll-out of around 300 theaters, chances are strong only a small portion of those reading this article got to experience Andrew Dominik‘s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford on the big screen. In the six years since [...]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week writer Danny King and I are joined by our Editor-in-Chief, Jordan Raup. First we talk about the new Disney film, Frozen, then jump into a discussing the revival of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Following that we launch into our [...]
Over the course of more than thirty years, Abel Ferrara’s films have shocked and challenged audiences with their uncompromisingly personal vision of death, family, evil, and faith. On the occasion of the theatrical and VOD re-release of one of his earliest films, the female revenge picture Ms. 45, he joined us over the phone from [...]
Latest posts from Beats Per Minute