Derick Martini Directing Summer Camp Movie 'Cabin Pressure'
Last November we heard that Lymelife director Derick Martini had setup a comedy, I Am My Family's Secret, to direct at Paramount. In addition, we found out this past June that he was also rewriting/directing an adaptation of Andrea Portes' novel Hick with Chloe Moretz attached. Though we haven't heard anything about the production or eventual release of these films, Variety throws yet another onto his growing resume. Martini has now signed on to direct the summer camp comedy Cabin Pressure, based on Josh Wolk's 2007 book Cabin Pressure: One Man's Desperate Attempt to Recapture His Youth as a Camp Counselor.
Here's a more lengthy description of Wolk's chronicle of a return to his past:
A few months before his impending wedding, before the full weight of adulthood descended upon him, Entertainment Weekly senior writer Josh Wolk realized he needed to take some time and get reacquainted with his younger self. He returned to the summer camp where he spent some of the best weeks of his life, both as a camper and as a counselor. A lighthearted take on the whole you-can't-go-home-again theme, his memoir is like the best bits of a whole bunch of summer-camp movies (remember Meatballs? or Indian Summer?) mixed together. Not that it's just a rehash of stuff you have seen before: Wolk puts a new spin on his perennial topic, observing camp life from the point of view of someone who knows what it was like 20 years ago and who is in the position to compare the boy he used to be with the man he is today.
Sounds like standard mid-life crisis fare, but with Martini's attention to characters, it will likely have a lot of heart as well. In addition his comedic sensibilities feel like a less pretentious Wes Anderson style of dry laughs. Lymelife was an indie gem a couple years back (did you know Martin Scorsese was the executive producer?) so I'm looking forward to whichever Martini project ends up making its way to theaters. Hopefully this time more audiences will get a chance to see a Martini film before it hits DVD. Anyone else interested?