Details Emerge on James L. Brooks' Film 'How Do You Know'
We've only heard a few details about James L. Brooks upcoming film How Do You Know, as it has now been officially titled, as well as brief snippets of information in various casting updates. All we know is that the film focuses on a love triangle between Paul Rudd, a white collar exec and Owen Wilson, a professional baseball player who both find themselves smitten with Reese Witherspoon, a woman suffering from a major break-up who comes from a sports crazy family. But NY Times just ran a more extensive profile on the film which is a little more forthcoming with details on the project that's been finished shooting since last year.
Brooks is the kind of filmmaker who comes out of his "Simpsons" cave every so often with a spectacularly original and usually critically lauded drama that features a bit more than a pinch of comedy. As Good As It Gets, Terms of Endearment and Broadcast News have all been great character pieces with great drama. Even Amy Pascal, the co-chairwoman of Columbia's parent, Sony Pictures, who has been loving blockbusters and sequels lately says: "No one captures the messiness, the frailty or the integrity of humanity with the kind of wit and affection Jim Brooks does." Too true.
How Do You Know certainly seems to be no different, as Brooks has spent five years working on the project and come up with a story "rooted in an encounter between two people who meet on the worst night of their respective lives." Also, be careful not to let the talk of sports in the vague information about the romance trick you because "the sport only occasionally figures in a film that is actually about people trying to figure out exactly what, for each of them, matters most." I honestly wouldn't expect anything less from Brooks.
If all of that sounds somewhat generic so far, Brooks approach to the film is anything but, as he extensively researched and interviewed hundreds of women who play sports as well as many different people who run companies in order to figure out which elements will work best in the film. He also "became fascinated by the dilemmas of contemporary business executives, who are sometimes held accountable by the law for corporate behavior of which they may not even be aware." This sounds like a film to watch out for around awards time, like several of Brooks' former endeavors, and I'm definitely excited to see how it turns out.