Todd Solondz is returning to Dawn Wiener, the unpopular, scrunchy-wearing, sourly nicknamed 7th grade suburbanite immortalized by Heather Matarazzo in 1995 cult black comedy “Welcome to the Dollhouse.”
Matarazzo will not be returning this time around for “Wiener-Dog,” an ensemble indie featuring Greta Gerwig as Dawn Wiener and Julie Delpy in a yet-to-be-disclosed role. Megan Ellison, who is producing under her Annapurna banner, Tweeted this morning: “Day 1 of shooting on WIENER-DOG!! I love this film, I can’t stop chuckling to myself. Greta Gerwig as Dawn Wiener, genius. Love, love, love.” Christine Vachon co-produces through Killer Films.
This is not the first time Solondz has revisited his own material. The characters in 1998’s “Happiness,” another sprawling suburban dramedy that provoked and disturbed, were recast for 2009’s under-appreciated “Life During Wartime,” a lighter and more irreverent and moving take on the original freakshow.
In “Wiener-Dog,” the concentric tales revolve around a particular dachsund. Gerwig plays Dawn as an adult. It was inevitable that the indie darling would pay a visit to Solondz-ville, land of grotesque, misanthropic, lovable weirdos. His last film was “Dark Horse,” and he has since been teaching at Tisch.