Rob Reiner Working on Heist Story 'Airtight' and Also a Prop 8 Film
When you look back at the films of director Rob Reiner, the man really has done it all rather successfully. The mockumentary comedy This is Spinal Tap, the childhood favorite fantasy The Princess Bride, the classic romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally, the courtroom drama A Few Good Men, the Stephen King penned horror thriller Misery, and the lovely and underrated coming-of-age romance Flipped all hail from Reiner's directing talents. Now THR reports that the director is setting his sights on something he hasn't done before: a heist film called Airtight and a drama surrounding Proposition 8. More details below!
For those not familiar with Proposition 8, it's not a sequel to J.J. Abrams' film Super 8, but rather was a ballot proposition and constitutional amendment passed in California that attempted to only allow marriage between a man and a woman to be recognized by the state of California, effectively disregarding any gay couples wishing to be married and recognized as such in the state. The film would be based on the challenge to overturn Proposition 8 after it was actually passed into law (though later ruled unconstitutional by a federal district court judge), a movement that Reiner himself has joined and even went on found the American Foundation for Equal Rights. No matter what side you're on, there's no denying the heated battle would make for a great political drama.
Meanwhile, on the lighter side of stories for the screen, Reiner is also interested in crafting a heist movie simply because it's something he's never done before. Details on Airtight are scarce, but as long as Reiner is up to the task of making films more along the lines of the laundry list of aforementioned successes and nothing like his less impressive films North or Alex & Emma. Reiner has been a little cheesy as of late with films like The Bucket List, but I'm hoping he can get back around to the spectacular films he delivered in the 80's and 90's even if that's a difficult legacy to live up to.
Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
ethan - he also did "stand by me"!!! how can you forget that one?
Anonymous on Nov 8, 2011
Truth. I could've listed all the good ones, but had to be somewhat limiting. However, I do love Stand By Me for sure.
Ethan Anderton on Nov 8, 2011
gotcha - i love most of reiners work....... besides SBM, "spinal tap" and "few good men" are excellent.
Anonymous on Nov 8, 2011
airtight. haha. just like lindsey lohan
Ryderup on Nov 8, 2011
Not to beat a dead horse here, but Jesus... no mention of "Stand By Me" in your bio of him - yet you list "Flipped"??? Are you even a real movie journalist?
Cufford on Nov 8, 2011
Flipped is fantastic and I mentioned it so more people might seek it out since the film deserves to be seen by more people. It has a classic coming-of-age feel to it, and yes, I chose it over Stand By Me. I also didn't mention The American President either, but no one is getting bent out of shape for that exclusion.
Ethan Anderton on Nov 9, 2011
First, I have no agenda about Prop 8 itself personally, BUT, because people have raised the question as to why Rob Reiner (Meathead) would be interested in making a movie about Prop 8, here's another view. Rob Reiner is the progenitor of California's First 5 Commission, a completely dysfunctional organization (see my Facebook notes for researched documentation - 25+ articles, 12+ resignations, and at least 2 grand jury investigations can't be wrong - http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002221479892&sk=notes). Rob Reiner was himself forced to resign from the CA First 5 Board after clear conflict of interest problems and misspending $20+ million. So - what's the connection? Kris Perry is the Executive Director of First 5 California. Kris Perry is also one of the 4 named complainants in the Prop 8 lawsuit.
Ruben Stutter on Dec 3, 2011
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