Bradley Cooper Wants to Direct Next with 'Honeymoon with Harry'
With plenty of awards buzz for the lead performance in American Sniper, the career of Bradley Cooper is showing no signs of waning. In fact, now the actor wants to broaden his horizons a bit by making his directorial debut. Deadline reports Cooper is hoping to direct Honeymoon with Harry, a reworked script from Crazy Stupid Love writer Dan Folgeman who is bringing a new approach to a scrip that made the Black List years ago and has seen several attempts to get to the big screen fall apart. Paul Haggis wrote the script before Crash or Million Dollar Baby, and Jonathan Demme circled as director, but not anymore.
The script has been praised as one of the best unproduced screenplays for years, but because it can't be clearly defined as a comedy or drama, and studios are worried about marketing it the right way. However, Cooper is apparently already curious enough to be interested to star, and also potentially reteam with Robert De Niro yet again. Coincidentally enough, Cooper and De Niro already partook in a reading of the script back in 2010 when Jonathan Demme was circling as director. Cooper and De Niro certainly seem to love working together after Limitless, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.
The film follows a formerly self-centered womanizing booze-hound who changed his ways when he met a girl and fell in love. Meanwhile, De Niro would play the girl's father, who recognizes himself in the young man, and tries to break them up. The two end up getting engaged, but the woman dies just before their wedding, leaving Cooper to go on their honeymoon to drink his woes away, and maybe just give up on life. But while on the beach, he runs into De Niro, spreading his daughter's ashes on her favorite beach.
As you can tell from that description of the story, this is a James L. Brooks sort of dramatic comedy, and those can be hard to crack. They either turn into award worthy films like As Good As It Gets or complete duds like How Do You Know? There's no deals in place for Cooper or De Niro yet, so it likely depends on how the script turns out after Fogelman does a new draft. This certainly sounds like it could be a film that captures awards attention, but due to the ups and downs and lack of clear definition, it could end up being hodgepodge of comedy and drama that just doesn't work. We'll see what happens.
Sounds like a really great picture. The world could use some more James L. Brooks-type films.
DAVIDPD on Jan 13, 2015
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