Indie Director Joe Swanberg Heads to 'Work Wife' Studio Comedy

February 10, 2015
Source: The Wrap

Joe Swanberg

Director Joe Swanberg is known in the indie world for films like Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas and his latest Sundance selected Digging for Fire, but now he's going to make the jump to studio comedies. The Wrap has word that Swanberg has signed on to direct a comedy called Work Wife for New Line. The script comes from "Trophy Wife" TV series writers Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins and follows a pair lawyers in their 30s who try to find out if they can actually date a co-worker. There has to be some kind of comedic catch other than that, because that description sounds pretty vague and not very amusing. Read on!

Swanberg is a machine when it comes to the speed with which he writes, directs and produces his films, and he always rounds up fantastic talent to star in them. Here's hoping that with a studio comedy budget he can find just as talented of actors to make his first mainstream film work. Even though Swanberg has only recently become a better known name in the indie world, he's directed about 17 movies since 2005, which is more than Woody Allen has in that same amount of time. Swanberg also occasionally acts as well (see You're Next), so we wonder if he'll pop up in his first studio venture. Stay tuned.

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It's going to be interesting to see what he can do with a bigger budget. I honestly hope all those guys make it. They're a talented bunch.

Nielsen700 on Feb 10, 2015


I would love a little documentary following Swanberg from start to premiere of one of his features. Watching these guys work is amazing.

DAVIDPD on Feb 12, 2015

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