Neil LaBute Signs with Screen Gems for Two More Films
by Brandon Lee Tenney
January 27, 2009
After a successful team up on Lakeview Terrace, Screen Gems has signed director Neil LaBute to a new two-picture deal. LaBute's first project will be the remake of the British comedy Death at a Funeral that is set to star Chris Rock (as we announced last year). This unnecessary remake will be an ensemble comedy about a funeral ceremony that serves as the catalyst in the reveal of shocking family secrets. I hate the idea of remaking what was a very great, very British black comedy for American audiences -- it's sure to void itself entirely of subtlety and situational irony in lieu of slapstick and overt, broad humor.
LaBute's second film as specified by Screen Gems will be the romantic comedy Here Comes the Sun (which has nothing to do with The Beatles song). Written by Nina Coleman, this likely offbeat and not altogether conventional film (if LaBute's history is any indicator) is being kept tightly under wraps. Even without any plot details, I've got more hope in this project, assuming that LaBute can recapture the magic that was his 2000 film Nurse Betty. One thing is for sure, LaBute is not shy about tackling projects across multiple genres - even if they're not always good. What do you think of LaBute's future?