Michael Keaton Looking to Direct Again with Indie Film 'Buttercup'
In front of the camera, Michael Keaton just replaced Hugh Laurie as the villain in Jose Padilha's remake of RoboCop. But he'll also be heading behind the camera again sometime in the near future as Variety reports that Keaton is now attached to direct Buttercup, an indie dramatic comedy that Niki Caro (Whale Rider) and Sarah Polley (Take This Waltz) were once attached to direct. The film follows an adult woman (with the titular nickname) who is forced to assume responsibility for her elderly father after he is arrested for drunk driving again. What are the chances she's going to reconnect with her flawed father? More below!
Pretty good, as the story is also said to find the woman learning to accept her father's faults, and also trust the other men in her life, a task that has proven difficult for the woman before. Jennifer Aniston and Alan Arkin were once attached to the project, but now a new cast is being sought. This isn't Keaton's first time directing as he previously helmed and starred in The Merry Gentlemen back in 2008. This news combined with his big role in RoboCop might prove to be the next phase of Keaton's comeback after staying rather low key over the last ten years or so, and it would be great to have him on top again.