'Monster' Director Patty Jenkins Takes the Action Comedy 'Jackpot'
At one time, Monster director Patty Jenkins was lined up to direct Thor: The Dark World for Marvel Studios, but some trouble behind the scenes saw her exit the project and the job ended up going to Alan Taylor. Sadly, that means the director hasn't found another big project since her breakthrough with the film famous for Charlize Theron's serial killer transformation. But she just might have another chance at becoming a household name as THR reports Jenkins will direct Jackpot, a remake of a Norwegian action comedy directed by Magnus Martens from 2011, an adaptation of a crime story by Jo Nesbo (Headhunters).
After winning a huge sum of money in a betting pool, four coworkers begin to double-cross each other over the prize money, and things turn lethal pretty quickly. The script comes from The Expendables and Godzilla scribe David Callaham with Easy A director Will Gluck acting as producer by way of his Olive Bridge production banner. This won't be the first time Jenkins has dabbled in comedy since she's been at the helm of episodes of "Entourage" and "Arrested Development," but it's the first time she's brought laughs to the big screen. Maybe instead of becoming a blockbuster director she can take on comedies?