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'Friends With Benefits' Director Will Gluck To Helm Action/Comedy 'Skyjack'

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by Joe Cunningham
June 14, 2012 10:25 AM
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After properly announcing himself with the excellent Emma Stone vehicle “Easy A,” and then following that up with another surprisingly decent comedy in the form of “Friends With Benefits," Will Gluck marked himself as a director to watch. We’d totally tell you what we think about his debut film, “Fired Up!,” but this writer has to admit to not having seen it. He currently has an action-comedy (“Secretaries Day”), an adaptation of “About Last Night…”, a comedy caper (“Sex On The Moon”), a potential re-team with Emma Stone, and a remake of a Swiss drama (“How to Disappear Completely”) on his to-do list. He’s one helluva busy man, and now it looks like he’s lined up another project.

CBS Films are planning an adaptation of the bestselling Geoffrey Gray novel “Skyjack: The Hunt For D.B. Cooper” and Gluck has been lined up to produce and direct. The novel is an action-comedy (another one!) about a man who hijacked a plane in 1971, and demanded $200,000 and parachutes before jumping out over the Pacific. He was never caught and has been hailed as a folk hero, and the book tells the story from the perspective of three different people claiming to be him.

It sounds like a very interesting story, and if we were asked to pick a director right now to tell an unconventional and potentially fourth-wall-breaking comedy, we’d point you straight in Gluck’s direction. However, with so many irons in the fire it will be interesting to see which projects Gluck perseveres with and which ones he has to move on from. Gluck’s currently mid-way through a two-year Sony deal too, so we’d have to imagine that his projects over there will take priority, and maybe 'Skyjack' is a project that he’ll get to once that deal expires. [Deadline]

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