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Our House is a Very Very Very Fine House

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 24, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 24, 2009 |

Daniel Craig, who is trying to be picky about his next non-Bond project, on account of the fact that all of his non-Bond movies since he signed on as the character have been mediocre (The Golden Compass, The Invasion, Defiance). At least he’s hitched himself to the right director.

Craig is in talks to star in a psychological thriller from Jim Sheridan. The good news there is that Sheridan is one of the best in the business (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, In America), although I’m still a little perplexed as to why he chose to direct 50 Cents’ Get Rich or Die Tryin’ in 2005. The not so good news is that the film sounds as generic as Daniel Craig’s other non-Bond roles. Dream House is about a man (Craig) who moves his family to the perfect house in a small idyllic town only to realize that the house is … haunted … by the former occupants … who were … murdered there?

Oh, awesome: A multiple Academy Award nominated writer/director has decided to remake Amityville? (See above, sporting the Amityville beard). The script comes from David Loucka, who has absolutely nothing of note on his resume. In fact, he hasn’t had a script produced since 2002’s Gina Gershon film, Borderline. All of which is to say: The fuck, Sheridan? The other guy must have had an awesome poker hand.

Not to despair: Sheridan has already completed The Brothers, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, and Emo Spidey, which is sure to be a decent movie, as it comes from screenwriter David Benioff, who wrote X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Oh. wait.

Hell: Maybe there’s something to this “psychological thriller” that can’t be gleaned from the overly simplistic logline — maybe the house is on a farm and the murdered inhabitants come back as sheep zombies and talking pig vampires.

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