Philip Seymour Hoffman Set to Direct Supernatural 'Ezekiel Moss'
It's only Monday, and Philip Seymour Hoffman is already having a really good week. His starring turn in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master is getting all kinds of good buzz from cinephiles after the film's record-setting limited release opening this past weekend (the movie opens wider this Friday), and now Variety is reporting that the acclaimed actor is going back behind the camera. He'll sit in the director's chair for Ezekiel Moss, a ghost story set in the 1930s that notably ended up on the 2011 Black List. Hoffman has directed once before, taking the helm on the indie romance flick Jack Goes Boating back in 2010. Read on.
Written by Keith Bunin, Ezekiel Moss follows a young small town boy with an active imagination who befriends a mysterious drifter who might be able to speak with the dead. Hoffman directed himself in Jack Goes Boating, but there's no mention of whether or not he'll star in this project as well. We don't have a lot to go on with this one just yet, other than a quick quote from one of the producers, Mandalay Pictures' Cathy Schulman, who calls Moss a "captivating and gothic exploration of faith and the supernatural."
Hoffman is certainly well-versed in explorations of faith, having played reverends in Cold Mountain and Doubt along with the creator of a new religion in The Master. As for Bunin, he also adapted the screenplay for the upcoming thriller Horns, starring Daniel Radcliffe and based on Joe Hill's novel, so he already has some experience with the supernatural. It's an interesting combination, and certainly a departure from Jack Goes Boating for Hoffman as a director, so we'll be very curious to see how he handles something with a bit more bite to it once the cameras start rolling. Stay tuned for any updates along the way. Sound cool?