'Half-Nelson' Directors Looking to Send 'Hate Mail' for Next Project

September 30, 2011
Source: Variety

Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden

The writing/directing team of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden have gotten plenty of praise despite the lack of a really high profile picture. The duo has been behind Ryan Gosling's fantastic turn in Half-Nelson, as well as the indie Sugar, and most recently went behind the camera for an adaptation of It's Kind of a Funny Story which let Zach Galifianakis step outside of the type casting resulting from his success of The Hangover. Now Variety reports Fleck and Boden have set up their next project with Hate Mail, a drama set up through the same company behind the aforementioned mental hospital comedic drama. More below!

The story features interweaving stories about several Manhattanites who encounter various iterations of hate mail and grapple with the subsequent fallout of their relationships. Hopefully the film will be more akin to a quality ensemble story like Crash rather than the romantic comedies like Valentine's day and the forthcoming New Year's Eve. Coming from Fleck and Boden, I wouldn't expect anything generic, especially since Hate Mail also reunites them with previous producers Jamie Patricof and Paul Mezey, who worked on Sugar and Half Nelson, producer Ben Browning, who was behind It’s Kind of a Funny Story;, and producer Paul Mezey, who has actually worked on all three of the duo's films.

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