Gus Van Sant Directing a 'Young Love' Film Titled Restless
by Alex Billington
August 23, 2009
Columbia is negotiating with Oscar nominated filmmaker Gus Van Sant to develop and direct Restless, an original screenplay by first-time screenwriter Jason Lew. Exact story details are being kept under wraps, though it's described as contemporary and distinctive take on young love. Brian Grazer will produce Restless along with Ron Howard and his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard for Imagine Entertainment. Lew and Bryce attended New York University together, which is where Lew first wrote the story as a play. Howard, who had acted in plays with Lew, read the story and encouraged him to write it as a screenplay and take it to her dad.
Van Sant is pretty hit or miss with me. In regards to his two most recent films, Milk was incredible, but I hated Paranoid Park. He's certainly a very talented director but I think only when he has strong scripts, which may be why I loved Milk so much, as screenwriter Dustin Lance Black went on to win an Oscar for that script. According to THR, Imagine executives and Grazer and Howard really loved "Lew's perspective and originality" as well as the "raw emotion of the story." The intent is to shoot the movie in Oregon soon for around $15 million, which is where he shot Paranoid Park. I'll be keeping my eye on this as it develops.