Nicolas Cage Teaming with 'Bad Santa' Director for 'Lost Melody' Indie
Normally we don't hear about Nicolas Cage taking on indie films, but here we go. The Wrap reports the National Treasure star is currently in talks to lead Lost Melody, a new film from Bad Santa director Terry Zwigoff who also co-wrote the script with Melissa Axelrod, who actually was once the director's assistant. In the film Cage ventures slightly into Leaving Las Vegas territory as he plays a man trapped in a marriage to a shrew of a wife, and ends up falling in love with a prostitute. But the film isn't all drama, as producer Edward R. Pressman calls it "darkly funny" and in the vein of Blue Angel and Sunset Boulevard.
Zwigoff is known for his quirky films like Ghost World and Crumb, and with Cage on board, this one sounds like it could be something interesting. Pressman previously produced American Psycho and Thank You for Smoking, so he has a taste for darker, stranger comedy with some drama tossed in. It sounds like he was able to round up Cage for the project since they last worked together on Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans. The producer says, "When considering a project, I think it most important that the director and the film live in the same universe and Terry certainly achieves this with Lost Melody." Good?