I’m still middle of the road on the mumblecore kids. I dig the Duplass Brothers for the most part, and Josh and Benny Safdie have been deservedly making a name for themselves with The Pleasure of Being Robbed and their latest Daddy Longlegs. I’m extremely curious to see how Cyrus turns out, because that’s gonna make a statement to a lot of people — both in how the Brothers Duplass handle a mainstreamish flick and if Jonah Hill can carry a film.
Regardless, one of the heroines of the mumblecore movement, Lynn Shelton — who’s Humpday I adored — has announced her next project. Get ready to rejoice, kiddies, because she’s bringing Joshua Ferris’s Then We Came To The End to the big screen. It’s a marriage of two forces I enjoy — like chocolate and peanut butter coming together in a Reesian joygasm in my mouth. This ain’t gonna be mumblecore, that’s for damn sure, and I think Shelton’s gonna have a great temperment to build a strong ensemble cast and just let them wreck all holy hell around the officeplace.
There’s no cast in place as of yet, but I think this is a damn fine choice. A more commercial director would try to make Office Space 2, which is hardly the tone of the book. For all its humor, the book’s pretty fucking bleak, so I think nabbing Shelton is a wise selection. She’ll be able to retain all the hilarity without losing any of the day-to-day depression.