Malkovich and Keener Reuniting for Jesse Peretz's Newest Project?
Though he had a bit of a misfire with the Jason Bateman romantic comedy The Ex, director Jesse Peretz made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival last month with My Idiot Brother (read my review here). Now Vulture reports the director is continuing his hot streak by putting together What's This S%^@ Called Love?, a project that has Catherine Keener and John Malkovich attached to star. The film would tell the story of a teenager thinking about coming out of the closet, but rather than oppressing his sexuality, his ultra-progressive family wants to celebrate the boy's decision, while he just wants to be left alone. Read on!
Aside from the fact that Peretz would be putting together another promising project so quickly, this would be the first time the talents of Keener and Malkovich have combined since Being John Malkovich in 1999. The project sounds like it's close to Peretz's heart as well since it's set in Cambridge, Massachusetts during the 1980's, the exact location and time Peretz found himself growing up.
When asked if it shares similarities to The Squid and the Whale, Peretz said, "It's kind of like that. But maybe a little more positive." If the film has the same genuine charm and grounded comedy as My Idiot Brother, then I think Peretz has another potentially great film on his hands. After the Weinstein Company picked up My Idiot Brother for release later this year, Peretz will surely be getting more attention as a director in the future. Interested?