John Cusack to Star in 'Dictablanda' from Director Alejandro Agresti
After tackling political satire in War, Inc. (which was almost like an unofficial sequel to Grosse Pointe Blank), it looks like John Cusack is back to socially relevant, skewering comedies. Variety reports the actor will star in Dictablanda (translated as "Soft Dictator") a film described as a screwball comedy of manners involving international mayhem. The phrase itself refers to a word used by political scientists to describe a dictatorship in which civil liberties are allegedly preserved rather than destroyed. It's a little hard to discern the story but Cusack had a hand in writing the script himself, so it's obviously something close to his heart.
Along with Cusack's writing, the script was put together by Kevin Morris (an entertainment attorney) and actor Paul Hipp ("Terriers"). In addition, director Alejandra Agresti, who helmed The Lake House, also contributed to the script and will be directing the film as well. Along with this strange assembly of talent comes the somewhat ominous tagline "People don't die, they get killed." Seems kind of dark for a screwball comedy, but it sounds quite intriguing to say the least. Hopefully it will turn out better than War, Inc. because that movie was dreadful. What do you think?