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Little Miss Sunshine Team Tackles He Loves Me, Palahniuk’s Gang-Bang, Keaton & Harris Look of Love

Little Miss Sunshine Team Tackles He Loves Me, Palahniuk's Gang-Bang, Keaton & Harris Look of Love

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– It’s the “yardstick by which so many indie films are measured: a small movie made with first-time directors that blew up at Sundance, became a box-office sensation and an Oscar best picture nominee,” writes the LAT of Litte Miss Sunshine. A full five years after its indie-to-Oscar success, its filmmakers are reteaming. Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa will tackle He Loves Me, written by Zoe Kazan (Dayton and Faris are developing her first draft).

Writer-actress Kazan will star with her real-life boyfriend, Sunshine‘s Paul Dano. He will play a novelist who achieves young success and then faces writer’s block. His plan? To write the woman whom he believes will love him and in so doing, will her into existence. Berger tells the LAT, “The plot couldn’t be more different than Little Miss Sunshine, but in terms of a movie with comedy, with heart and with strong characters, I think it’s very similar.” The producers should have no trouble raising indie financing.

Twenty-seven-year-old Kazan has written and performed for the stage and also appeared in Savages, It’s Complicated, In The Valley of Elah, Fracture, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee and Revolutionary Road. Up next is Happythankyoumoreplease and Meek’s Cutoff (with Dano – who squared off with Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood; his upcoming projects also include July’s Cowboys & Aliens and –rumored –James Franco’s As I Lay Dying).

– Ed Harris and Diane Keaton will star in Arie Posin’s The Look of Love, for which all international rights have just been acquired by Exclusive Films International. Posin (The Chumscrubber) co-wrote with Matthew McDuffie (A Cool Dry Place). The love story follows Nikki (Keaton), a several-years-widowed woman who meets a man who looks exactly like her late husband, which stirs old feelings. Says Posin:

“This movie is about the hope that love can strike at any age, and that it’s possible to love deeply, lose terribly, and still love again.  This project will rely heavily on the humanity and honesty of its actors, and I cannot imagine two finer actors in the world than Diane and Ed to entrust with the telling of this story.”

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– If Little Miss Sunshine is feel-good-yet-edgy-indie-family-fare, Chuch Palahniuk’s 2008 novel Snuff, which is being directed by Frenchman Fabien Martorell (who co-wrote the adaptation with Karina Wilson), fits into the feel-dirty-about-humankind category. The suspense/thriller delves into the porn industry via Cassie Wright (Daryl Hannah just signed), an aging star with the goal of bedding 600 men in a day, and filming it. Lucky #600 is to be played by Tom Sizemore. Numbers 72 and 137 are also featured. Sheila, the woman who cues the men waiting for their shining moment, will be played by Thora Birch.

But of course, in this thriller there’s more at stake than gang-banging a porn star. This is the third of Palahniuk’s novels to be translated to film: cult favorite Fight Club was the first in 1999, followed by Choke in 2008. And there’s more to come: Also in the pipeline are adaptations of his novels Haunted (with director Koen Mortier), Survivor (Francis Lawrence), and Rant.

[Photos: Kazan – Elle Magazine]

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