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With his 2001 feature, In the Bedroom, and his 2006 feature, Little Children, longtime actor Todd Field established himself as a director worth watching. It’s now been seven years since we’ve gotten a feature film from him though, which kind of feels like a gip. What’s the deal, man? Whatever the deal over the past seven years has been, the deal now is that the wait for another Field film is over, so all may rejoice. Cross Creek Pictures has announced [via Coming Soon] that they’ve hired him to helm an adaptation of the Jess Walter novel ‘Beautiful Ruins.’ The official plot synopsis the production company gives is a little vague, but a more thorough rundown of the novel’s plot from Good Reads describes it by saying:

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It’s my personal suggestion that you read and re-read that headline because even though I wrote it, I’m still re-reading it, rubbing my eyes like a kid who just found a $20 bill on the sidewalk (aka infinite money), and trying to figure out if it’s real. Michael Winterbottom, the man who directed 24 Hour Party People, the man who directed 9 Songs, the man who apparently loves movies with numbers in the title – is going to be teaming with Jack Black for a comedy. That’s insane. And wonderful. According to Variety, Winterbottom will be directing Bailout, an adaptation of Jess Walter’s “The Financial Lives of the Poets,” which tells the story of a man who finds himself without a job, but with a wife that’s cheating on him and a father who is fast approaching senility. His luck turns when he comes face to face with an interesting (and illegal) business opportunity, and hilarity ensues. There seems to be a trend of down-on-their-luck figures being celebrated (the latest being Will Ferrell in Everything Must Go), but there’s been mixed success. Maybe people aren’t too keen on watching recession-hit characters during the recession. Maybe they should bring back Charlie Chaplin. However, this project sounds far too weird not to be great. Winterbottom is a diverse talent that can do dark drama and sharp comedy with equal skill, and it’s refreshing to see Black take on something that’s on the other side of the world from Gulliver’s Travels. I haven’t […]

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