Fox Searchlight Picks Up Jay and Mark Duplass' Table 19
by Alex Billington
April 7, 2009
Who are Jay and Mark Duplass? Well, if you haven't seen The Puffy Chair or Baghead yet, then you might as well hit Netflix and spend some time catching up this weekend. Not only are they great directors, but Mark Duplass has been trying his hand at acting, too, with a big role in the Sundance sensation Humpday. Fox Searchlight has picked up the pitch for their latest film, called Table 19, a half-comedy half-drama about the experiences of those wedding guests quarantined at the dreaded "singles table." Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy and Tom McNulty of 21 Laps will produce the ensemble comedy.
The idea was originally based on Tom McNulty's stories from attending a good friend's wedding in England. "We had tried to crack this idea with several writers over the years, and we were always huge fans of Mark and Jay Duplass," McNulty said. "When they said they wanted it to be their next film to write and direct, we were thrilled." Their version is told from the points of view of the strangers randomly thrown together, and the story explores what marriage means to those on the sidelines. The Duplass Brothers also have Safety Man in the works as well, and being a big fan of the two, I'm always excited to see their latest work.