Hayley Atwell to Lead a Pseudo '10 Things I Hate About You' Sequel
Though she had plenty of recognizable work before her turn in Captain America: The First Avenger, the comic book film gave actress Hayley Atwell a whole new world of opportunities in action films (she'll be seen in The Sweeney later this year across the pond). Of course, she still has a pretty face perfect for romance and the like, so it's not surprising that she's taking on a less action-packed role for a new project. What is surprising though is that Variety says Atwell's new gig is 10 Things I Hate About Life, a pseudo sequel to the seminal 1999 teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You, truly a nostalgic favorite of mine.
Variety reports Gil Junger, who wrote and directed 10 Things I Hate About You, a contemporary loose adaptation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew with Larisa Oleynik, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the late Heath Ledger, will direct the sort-of sequel from a script that he wrote himself. The filmmaker says the story advances the situations from the original film and he was inspired to write it after he came across a man who had committed suicide at a scenic overlook. Junger elaborates:
"It is the story of two relatable, ordinary people with normal jobs and normal desires whose seemingly great lives have become unmanageable. Two people who go to the same place at the same time to end it. Their chance meeting is so awkward, so raw, and so funny, they postpone their intentions and go their separate ways."
It's not clear if he intends to bring back any of the characters of the original film (maybe Atwell is taking over Julia Stiles character?), or is this is just a film in the spirit of the first film and not necessarily an actual sequel. Audiences will likely be interested though as Junger points out that 10 Things I Hate About You is still popular enough that he made more in residuals from last year alone than he received for directing it in 1999. That's pretty crazy. Since shooting that film, Junger has kept mostly in television series and films for the small screen, but he certainly hasn't been unemplyed. Shooting on this pseudo-sequel will start in November, and the premise of this project is very intriguing, so we'll bring you more as it moves through development towards production. Interested?