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Kristen Wiig Plans Directorial Debut; Kieran Darcy-Smith Taps ‘Blackwater’; Guy Pearce Finds ‘Equals’

Written by on June 12, 2014 

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Taking the path that, nowadays, is only natural for any well-off writer-producer-star, TheWrap report that Kristen Wiig has signed for directorial duties on a currently untitled comedy backed by TriStar. Details on it are scant: along with writing alongside her Bridesmaids partner, Annie Mumolo, there’s word that it follows “best friends who find themselves in over their heads and out of their depths”; those worried about something morose and scathing can remain calm, for “hilarious hijinx [are] expected to ensue.”

While Wiig and Mumolo are expected to star, notice of a start date, additional production company, or the like — anything else, really — is not made. Early days.

Kieran+Darcy+Smith+Wish+Portraits+2012+Sundance+ZasNI7rtzd6lSome other directorial news has cropped up at Deadline, where we’re told Blue-Tongue Films’ Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here) is in WB’s sights for Blackwater. While obviously based on exploits of the controversial military contractors, an exact trajectory isn’t noted with regard to a screenplay penned by former CBS reporter Gideon Yago; nevertheless, the source make note of four contractors who are facing trial over killings tracing back to 2007. A suitable narrative crux? Only time will tell.

At the next point between directing and casting is another Deadline story, this one concerning Hannah Fidell. Coming off last year’s A Teacher, she’s begun assembling her sophomore effort, with news that Taissa Farmiga (The Bling Ring, American Horror Story) and Ben Rosenfield (Song One, Boardwalk Empire) are to join an effort executive produced by Mark Duplass. Perhaps similar to the institutional danger explored in Fidell‘s feature debut, this picture revolves around “a young couple who face a series of volatile events as they near the end of college.”

A Teacher‘s Lindsay Burdge, Joshua Leonard (The Lie, Humpday), Peter Vack (Fort Tilden, CBGB), and Jennifer Lafleur (The Skeleton Twins; Jeff, Who Lives at Home) will also star.

Guy_Pearce_Iron_Man_3Bringing a couple of above items together, at least tangentially, former Blue-Tongue and Wiig collaborator Guy Pearce is reuniting with Drake Doremus (Breathe In, Like Crazy) on Equals. Partnering him with Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult — all of whom are working from a script by Nathan Parker (Moon) — the project is set in a dystopian utopia: one where “there is no greed, no poverty, no violence, and no emotion.” When a disease by the name of SOS (standing for “Switched-On-Syndrome”) activates everyday feelings, people are taken away by authorities. [Variety]

Route One, in addition to financing, will produce alongside Scott Free.

Finally, a Deadline story tells us Clifton Collins Jr. is the latest actor to board Triple Nine, John Hillcoat‘s police drama that, right now, is most distinguished by its stacked cast. In coming aboard, he boosts a roster already occupied by Casey Affleck, Chiwetel EjioforKate Winslet, Aaron Paul,  Woody Harrelson, Anthony Mackie, Michael Peña, Norman Reedus, Teresa Palmer, and Gal Gadot; the project itself is centered on a rookie cop set up by his fellow officers for a 999, or “Officer Down,” planned with the intent of completing a difficult heist orchestrated by Russian mobsters.

Matt Cook has scripted Triple Nine; Open Road Films will distribute.

Which of the projects listed above are you most anticipating?

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