Max Landis

Variance Films

As is the case with most Ghostbusters 3 rumors (the kind that we’ve kinda, sorta, mostly refused to cover for years now, except when it seems somewhat appropriate), the latest chatter to come flying out of Hollywood right into the Internet’s face has already proven to be false. Last night, Nikki Finke posted a story to her brand new site that reported that Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis was doing a polish on the latest iteration of whatever the hell this movie is now, which Landis immediately debunked via his Twitter. Finke, in fine form, went ahead and deleted the entire post sometime after Landis shot down both her reportage and her two apparent sources. Of course, this is still the Internet, and you can’t really delete anything from the Internet, so here is a cached version of Finke’s story, if you’re into that sort of thing.

You know what’s still culturally relevant? GhostbustersYou know what’s not? Ghostbusters 3 rumors, especially the kind that can be shot down in mere hours. But this is not about Ghostbusters 3 rumors! (Well, not really.) This is about actual, factual projects that people — in this case, Max Landis — are actually, factually working on right now. You know, movies we might actually get to see. 

As Landis took to his Twitter to knock down those Ghostbusters 3 rumors, he also made mention on the stuff he really is working on:

What’s all that now? Let’s explain.

Frankenstein

Yes, Landis wrote a new Frankenstein. Directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin, Push, Wicker Park), the details of this new take on the Mary Shelley classic have been kept under wraps (tee hee), but we do know that it will star James McAvoy as Dr. Frankenstein, Daniel Radcliffe as Igor, and Jessica Brown Findlay as a character Lorelei. As of now, the juiciest thing we know about the project is that it will likely focus on Igor, a character whose real roots (he doesn’t appear in Shelley’s novel, for one) Landis is obsessed with. The film is in post-production and is expected to be released in October of 2015.

Me Him Her 

Landis is doing double duty on this comedy, as he’s both written its script and will make his feature directorial debut here. Again, plot details are slim, but we do know that it will focus on sexual identity. Variety reported back in 2012 that the film “is a quarter-life-crisis tale set in Los Angeles that features three young leads, at least one of whom is struggling with their sexuality. Exploring sex, love and friendship in what Landis describes as ‘the weirdest, most surreal way possible,’ the story ultimately emphasizes that conceptions of self should be flexible.” Me Him Her stars Haley Joel Osment, Alia Shawkat, Dustin Milligan, Luke Bracey, Emily Meade, Kyle Bornheimer, Geena Davis and Scott Bakula (really). The film has already completed filming and is in post-production (the film’s Twitter account touted filming late last year), though it does not yet have a release date.

American Ultra

This is probably the Landis property you’ve heard the most about lately. The stoners-in-danger tale stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart (Adventureland reunion!) and is billed as an action-comedy. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X), the film is currently in post-production and is expected some time in 2015.

Mr. Right

Another hyped Landis property, this Paco Cabezas-directed action rom-com has already lined up big stars like Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick, and will reportedly flip some genre conventions on their head. Kendrick will play a woman who finally meets the “perfect” dude (Rockwell), only to discover that he’s a former hit man. Oops! Like the rest of Landis’ current slate, this one will arrive sometime in 2015 (it’s currently in pre-production).

As for those indies and other projects? Landis’ IMDb page lists a whole mess of other productions that the filmmaker is attached to in a writing capacity, including Good Time Gang (a mercenary comedy which is supposedly already in pre-production), Amnesty (a thriller that Ron Howard wants to direct), a Houdini film, Landis’ untitled siblings-go-into-space comedy, and the fantasy thriller Pied Piper. He’s pretty full up.


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