David Gordon Green Rewriting Battling Boy, Finds New Project
by Ethan Anderton
May 14, 2010
Though the director mostly worked on heavy independent dramas like Snow Angels and All the Real Girls prior to directing the 2008 action comedy Pineapple Express, director David Gordon Green has quickly become quite the comedic commodity by working alongside friends and collaborators Danny McBride and Jody Hill. Though he's still got another comedy (Your Highness) on the way with McBride, it looks like he is slowly but surely venturing into other genres. In addition to his Suspiria remake which is still in the works, THR reports Green is developing a comedic thriller and a graphic novel adaptation as future projects.
Both of the projects have the director working with rookie screenwriter Josh Parkinson and will be produced through Green's newly established Rough House production banner. The first project is a comedic thriller in the form of a spec script, Parkinson's first screenplay, titled Free Country. Although no plot details were revealed, the trade does mention that the project is being developed as a potential directing gig for Green.
The other project will see Green and Parkinson reworking the screenplay for the long-gestating adaptation of the still unreleased graphic novel Battling Boy. Watchmen writer Alex Tse last worked on the script which focuses on son of a superhero who comes down from the top of a mountain at his father's request in order to rid a giant city of monsters. He ends up fighting a variety of both new and classic monsters, such as Wolfman, Muckmouth, Rubber Lips, The Grimmick, Egg Man, and The War Pig, to name just a few of them.
Of course, Green has quite a lot of other potential projects on his plate already including the Jonah Hill led comedy The Sitter, that Suspiria remake, eight more films in development (according to his IMDb page) and outside of movies, he'll be working on the second season of the outrageous HBO comedy series "Eastbound & Down" with Danny McBride and writer/director Jody Hill. So I wouldn't count on either of these projects getting a huge amount of traction anytime soon, but stay tuned as there will certainly be plenty to report on the many of Green's forthcoming projects in his future both near and far, considering his quick rise to fame.
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