John Krasinski’s Directial Debut Could Roll Into Sundance

John Krasinksi

You know John Krasinski — he’s Jim from The Office. You know, the guy who has sat there through five seasons laying googly eyes on Pam. But did you know that Krasinski also fancies himself a writer and a director in addition to being a solid actor? It is true, and his feature film debut, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men could be making its way onto the festival circuit in 2009.

According to a report by Variety’s Tatiana Siegel, rumors are currently swirling that Hideous Men will be among the lineup when Sundance announces its 2009 slate tomorrow. The film is significant because it is the first big screen project ever derived from the literary works of the late David Foster Wallace, who was called “one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last 20 years” by Los Angeles Times book editor David Ulin.

Krasinski also wrote and starred in the film, which is based on a short story by Wallace, who committed suicide in September. The film also stars Julianne Nicholson (Puccini for Beginners) Bobby Cannavale, Max Minghella and Christopher Meloni. And while it will be the first adaptation of Wallace’s work, many say that it certainly will not be the last.

While I am always cautious when an actor whose work I’ve enjoyed moves on to directing, I will admit that I am curiously excited about seeing what Krasinski delivers. Hopefully it will be among the Sundance 2009 films. For more on that, be sure to check back tomorrow.