So take a random bunch of big-name stars, throw them in a blender and spit them out; what have you got? No, not another season of “Celebrity Rehab,” (though I’m guessing it would totally work with this group)…actually, you’ve got what could be a very entertaining film. Meanwhile, I guess I have another book to add to my ever-growing to read list: Marie Phillips’ Gods Behaving Badly. The best-selling, satirical novel rounds up a familiar group of Greek Gods (Apollo, Zeus, Aphrodite, Eros, etc.), who have fallen from grace and now live together in human form in modern London. Forced to live and work at such lowly jobs as dog walker, television psychic and phone-sex worker, the Gods’ paths intersect with a young couple and from there, I suppose hijinks ensue. While the film details are sketchy, the idea of this group of actors gathered together and playing powerful Gods who enjoy sabotaging each other holds great promise. I mean, just look at this cast:
Christopher Walken as Zeus, Sharon Stone as Aphrodite, Oliver Plath as Apollo, Edie Falco as Artemis, John Turturro as Hades, Rosie Perez as Persephone, Phylicia Rashad as Demeter, Gideon Glick as Eros, Nelsan Ellis as Dionysus and Henry Zebrowski as Hermes. Alicia Silverstone and Ebon Moss-Bachrach (The Lake House, The Royal Tenenbaums) will play the young couple whose lives are thrown into chaos by the meddling deities.
Writer/Producer/first time Director Marc Turtletaub (Little Miss Sunshine, Away We Go) along with writer Josh Goldfaden, has changed the setting to a New York City brownstone and filming begins there, later this month.