Michel Hazanavicius to Direct Demetri Martin's 'Will' with Galifianakis
He's making the leap into Hollywood with an odd comedy. Variety has announced that French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius, Academy Award-winning director of The Artist as well as this year's new Cannes premiere The Search, will direct a film called Will. The project is in development at Paramount and comes from a screenplay written by Demetri Martin, first completed and put in development a few years ago. Zach Galifianakis has been attached since early on, and will remain attached, starring with Paul Rudd, with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay producing. This sounds likes a very funky but fun group of collaborators.
So what the heck is Will about? The synopsis from IMDb explains: "An ordinary man lives in a world where free will doesn't exist. The lives and destinies of every human being are scripted by scribes in Heaven. One day, his writer quits, leaving him to go about his day unscripted." Rudd will play Will, and Galifianakis his writer. I'm surprised this wasn't written by Charlie Kaufman, but it also does sound very similar to Stranger Than Fiction, another unique Will Ferrell comedy. Hazanavicius told Variety "the script looks great" and he's excited to work with Galifianakis. "He's extremely funny, and can convey great sincerity and humanity even when he's delivering big gags." That's certainly true, I just hope he doesn't go overboard in this movie.
Hazanavicius explained that he's already preparing to direct Will next, with a start date at the end of this year or in early 2015. After that he's most likely moving directly into the In the Garden of Beasts adaptation for Universal, meaning he has two major Hollywood projects lined up to follow The Search this year. While many cinephiles weren't fond of Hazanavicius after The Artist won Best Picture, I do admire his work and I'm curious to see how things will turn out when he ventures into making movies for Hollywood. Especially a project as unique and interesting as this. I'm looking forward to seeing both The Search and Will already.