Jodie Foster to Direct and Mel Gibson to Star in The Beaver?!
by Alex Billington
July 9, 2009
Forget Steve Carell, this is all about The Colonel! THR reports tonight that Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson are in talks to join the indie comedy The Beaver about a man who wears a beaver puppet on his hand that he treats as a real person. Additionally, Foster, who last directed Home for the Holidays in 1995, is in negotiations to direct this as well. Last year it was announced that Carell was interested in the project, but he eventually passed; same with Jim Carrey who showed interested in May. Now it looks like Gibson, who is making quite a return to acting, might land the role. Gibson and Foster last starred together in Maverick.
The Beaver is the highly buzzed about script from first-time writer Kyle Killen that landed in the #1 spot on the Black List last year. Anonymous Content, the company that is developing the project, has been trying to get this pushed into production quickly but has been struggling to find the right selection of actors and director. They're eager to make the movie this year and could finance it independently if no studio picks it up. This is a very zany project that I was looking forward to seeing, but I never would've thought someone like Gibson would've been interested in a comedy like this! Is he trying to pull a Tom Cruise comeback?