Tim Robbins Back to Directing with Thriller Adaptation 'City of Lies'
Last year Tim Robbins returned to the big screen for the first time in three years, but his talent was wasted in DC Comics' adaptation of Green Lantern. Fortunately, his next venture sounds more promising as he stars with Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow in a sex addiction comedy called Thanks for Sharing, which marks the directorial debut of The Kids Are All Right writer Stuart Blumberg. Now Robbins is gearing up for a different feature film return as THR reports the actor is getting back in the director's chair for City of Lies, the gestating adaptation of Arthur Phillips' short story Wenceslas Square. The film is a spy thriller about a young CIA officer and a beautiful Czech spy who meet in Prague during the Cold War era. Read on!
Robbins hasn't directed a film since 1999's Cradle Will Rock and the powerful drama Dead Man Walking before that back in 1995. However, he's not out of practice behind the camera as he recently directed a couple episodes of the HBO drama series "Treme." As for this new feature film project, it unites him with some great producing talent as "This American Life" duo Ira Glass and Alissa Shipp are still backing the film (the short story this is based on was featured on Episode #337 of the aforementioned NPR radio program) with a script from writing team Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who scripted Captain America: The First Avenger. Sounds like a promising flick, and having Robbins behind the camera again is enticing.