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Mark Duplass Challenging Time and Space Again with 'Convention'

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May 21, 2012
Source: Variety

Mark Duplass

After starring in my favorite film of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Safety Not Guaranteed, Mark Duplass is sticking with the mesh of the two genres for another indie film, and he's bringing some big names with him. Variety reports Duplass will be joined by Ben Kingsley and maybe Jennifer Aniston in Convention, yet another film with a time travel sort of plot. The film apparently sees Duplass playing an inventor who unveils his latest creation: the five-sided box. The mysterious new design seems perfect, until the inventor learns that each time he creates its special fold, he rips a hole in the space-time continuum.

And so, it's up to the inventor and his sister to try and piece the universe back together and save the world. This is exactly the kind of film I like seeing come together as an indie. It forces so much more creativity without a big budget to give filmmakers everything they want (which is something that George Lucas seems to have forgotten). Aniston is circling the role of the sister, though no deal is closed yet as her involvement is contingent on a start date that fits her schedule, and Kingsley is supposed to play a legend in the business who buys the five-sided box and nearly brings down the world.

This will markthe feature film debut of commercial director Justin Reardon (the man behind the classic Budweiser "Whassup" advertisement from years ago). Cartoon writer Christopher Painter is behind the script, so we're not sure what to expect, but the concept is enough to get me excited, and I think Duplass is one of the most promising talents working in independent film today, both as a director (recently behind Jeff Who Lives at Home) and an actor. We'll keep you updated on this project as it develops.

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