Here’s a name you don’t hear very often anymore: Lea Thompson. She, of course, was the first crush for every science geek born around 1976, thanks to Space Camp, a crush that was snuffed out for many when she kissed her son in Back to the Future. She’s been dormant, it seems, since “Caroline in the City” went off the air, although — without looking — I could probably guess that she’s been in a few Lifetime movies of the week since then.
Anyway, she’s been attached to a new movie called A Town Called Malice, in an effort, I can only assume, to take all of the cool out of The Jam’s song. Howard Deutch (The Whole Ten Yards, My Best Friend’s Girl) will direct. The movie, which is currently being shopped around to TV outlets, is a dramedy about a former rock n’ roll star (Thompson), who returns to her hometown with her estranged teenage daugther after her husband self-destructs during a concert.
So, in essence, it sounds exactly like the sort of made-for-TV movie that Lea Thompson has been reduced to, and the kind of movie that a guy with no box-office hits would direct.