Philip Seymour Hoffman Looks to Direct

Philip Seymour HoffmanApparently what Philip Seymour Hoffman really wants to do is, you guessed it, direct. The actor who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Truman Capote in Capote, has done some stage directing but has never directed a film.

I guess he has to start somewhere so he’s taking on the film direction of an off Broadway play he starred in, “Jack Goes Boating” about two stoners in love. In its review, The New York Times compared the play to Little Miss Sunshine. The stage version of “Jack Goes Boating” was written by Bob Glaudini, directed by Peter DuBois, produced by Hoffman’s LaByrinth Theater Company and opened in March 2007 at the Public Theater to good reviews.

The play is about lovable loser, Jack, a limousine driver who gets set up with Connie, an overly chatty embalmer’s assistant. You always know you’re in for a good time when someone is an embalmer’s assistant or does the makeup for the dead ala Jamie Lee Curtis in My Girl. There’s no word at all on casting, though I’m assuming Hoffman will reprise his stage role as well as directing the film.

The producers of Little Miss Sunshine, Big Beach Productions will join with Hoffman’s production company Cooper’s Town to produce.

I would expect a small quirky film with quirky characters making their way through their dull but quirky lives.