Andrew Jarecki's All Good Things Acquired by Weinsteins
Variety reported this week that The Weinstein Company has acquired rights to Andrew Jarecki's next project, All Good Things. Most may not be familiar with the young director, since his most well-known project to date was the riveting documentary Capturing the Friedmans; that film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 and detailed a father and son that were convicted for the sexual abuse of children. All Good Things marks Jarecki's mainstream fictional debut and is reportedly a "love story-cum-murder mystery about a Gotham real estate dynasty in the '80s."
When I say "mainstream," it's not just because of the Weinsteins' deal, but also the brand names already signed to the project. Ryan Gosling (Fracture, Lars and the Real Girl) plays a well-to-do real estate heir that is involved with a girl "from the wrong side of the tracks" played by Kirsten Dunst (Spiderman). Dunst goes missing - hopefully early in the film, because her emotional range is about as wide a dollar bill - and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (upcoming Watchmen) comes in to investigate. You can imagine the brooding cat and mouse game that ensues.
Will Jarecki's documentary cred help this film? Friedmans was great in its depth and execution, but I'm not sure if that speaks at all to how well Good Things will turn out. Gosling is pretty cool, though, so the project has definitely piqued my interest. Interestingly, Jarecki was the co-founder of Moviefone and his brother, Eugene Jarecki (upcoming Freakonomics), is also a documentary filmmaker. Filming for Good Things begins this month in Connecticut. The film is scheduled for a 2009 release.