It looks like Noah Baumbach is back to his secretive ways. The director shot “Frances Ha” and “Mistress America” off the grid, at least as far as Hollywood goes, eschewing formal announcements in the Hollywood trades. And though “While We’re Young” followed a more traditional path into production, it looks like Baumbach is back to working on the down-low, as much one can in New York City.
The director has started production on his next feature film, which is using the title “Yen Din Ka Kissa” in production notices on the streets of NYC. The Film Stage reveals that Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, and Emma Thompson are in the movie that tells the story of an estranged New York family coming together in preparation of artist and patriarch Harold’s career retrospective.
Speaking with USA Today (who refer to the picture as “The Meyerowitz Stories” — and the movie could end up being either or none of these proposed titles), Thompson says she’s playing “a dreadful, passive-aggressive alcoholic.”
For Hoffman, this marks a series of reunions. He recently teamed up with Sandler in “The Cobbler,” starred with Stiller in “Meet The Fockers” and “Little Fockers,” and shared the screen with Thompson in “Stranger Than Fiction” and “Last Chance Harvey.” And oh yes, this marks the first reunion of Sandler and Stiller since “Happy Gilmore.” It’s also the third film for Stiller and Baumbach following “Greenberg” and “While We’re Young.”
Cameras are now rolling on the movie, so we’ll see if there’s an official announcement, or if we’re just going to have to keep our ear to the ground.