Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
First Look: Emilia Clarke, Matt Smith & Jason Clarke In 'Terminator: Genisys,' Plot Details Revealed First Look: Emilia Clarke, Matt Smith & Jason Clarke In 'Terminator: Genisys,' Plot Details Revealed Marvel Announces 'Black Panther,' 'Captain Marvel,' Two-Part 'Avengers: Infinity War' And More Marvel Announces 'Black Panther,' 'Captain Marvel,' Two-Part 'Avengers: Infinity War' And More 8 Films That Influenced Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' 8 Films That Influenced Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Exclusive: Sean Durkin Directed Video For Sharon Van Etten's "Your Love Is Killing Me" Exclusive: Sean Durkin Directed Video For Sharon Van Etten's "Your Love Is Killing Me" Listen: 1-Hour Masterclass With Paul Thomas Anderson At The New York Film Festival Listen: 1-Hour Masterclass With Paul Thomas Anderson At The New York Film Festival Benedict Cumberbatch Is Marvel's 'Doctor Strange' Benedict Cumberbatch Is Marvel's 'Doctor Strange' Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Series Finale — Season 5, Episode 8 ‘Eldorado’ Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Series Finale — Season 5, Episode 8 ‘Eldorado’ Watch: A Twisted Jake Gyllenhaal Crosses The Line In Wicked Red Band Trailer For ‘Nightcrawler’ Watch: A Twisted Jake Gyllenhaal Crosses The Line In Wicked Red Band Trailer For ‘Nightcrawler’ Watch: 'The Invisible Man,' A 50-Minute Documentary On The Life And Career Of Stanley Kubrick Watch: 'The Invisible Man,' A 50-Minute Documentary On The Life And Career Of Stanley Kubrick Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco And More Join James Franco’s 'Zeroville' Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco And More Join James Franco’s 'Zeroville' 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Will Conclude With A 45-Minute Battle Sequence 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Will Conclude With A 45-Minute Battle Sequence 10 Great Self-Absorbed, Narcissistic Movie Assholes 10 Great Self-Absorbed, Narcissistic Movie Assholes Kristen Stewart Says She's Taking "Time Off" From Acting To Pursue Other "Creative Endeavors" Kristen Stewart Says She's Taking "Time Off" From Acting To Pursue Other "Creative Endeavors" Watch: Zach Galifianakis Takes On Brad Pitt In Latest 'Between Two Ferns' Plus Louis C.K. Stops By Watch: Zach Galifianakis Takes On Brad Pitt In Latest 'Between Two Ferns' Plus Louis C.K. Stops By Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes

'Little Miss Sunshine' Helmers Dayton & Faris To Helm Huey Newton/Bert Schneider Movie 'The Big Cigar'

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist December 12, 2012 at 8:15PM

As we lamented more than once over the years, it took a long time for Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, the music video veterans who made their feature debut with the multi-Oscar-nominated "Little Miss Sunshine," to make a second film. Various projects came and went including the Demetri Martin-penned "Will," and adaptations of Thomas Perrolta's "The Abstinence Teacher," which would have starred Steve Carell and Sandra Bullock.
4
Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris

As we lamented more than once over the years, it took a long time for Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, the music video veterans who made their feature debut with the multi-Oscar-nominated "Little Miss Sunshine," to make a second film. Various projects came and went including the Demetri Martin-penned "Will," and adaptations of Thomas Perrotta's "The Abstinence Teacher," which would have starred Steve Carell and Sandra Bullock.

Six years on, the duo finally returned with the Zoe Kazan-penned "Ruby Sparks," and while audiences didn't quite take it into their hearts -- it took $6 million worldwide, versus $100 million for its predecessor -- it was still a very smart and beautifully performed anti-rom-com, and arguably a better film than their debut. The good news is that it doesn't look like Dayton and Faris have any intention of letting a similar amount of time lapse before their third movie.

Deadline report that the pair have come on board to direct "The Big Cigar," a based-in-fact picture set up by producer Matt Tolmach ("The Amazing Spider-Man"). The film, based on an article in a recent issue of Playboy by Joshua Bearman, revolves around the unlikely pairing of "Easy Rider" producer Bert Schneider and Black Panther founder Huey Newton. When Newton was facing prosecution for murder, Schneider set up set up a fake movie called 'The Cigar" in order to sneak Newton and his girlfriend out of the country. Shades of a certain recent Ben Affleck movie, anyone?...

It's the specter of "Argo" that's going to hang heavy over this project, clearly, and while there's serious potential in the material (including two potentially great roles for actors in Schneider and Newton -- we're feeling Max Greenfield and Nate Parker ourselves...), there are also hazards, not least that smuggling Americans out of revolutionary Iran is an easier sell than smuggling out Newton, who was accused of killing a 17-year-old prostitute. Yay?

Still, given the journalistic background of Bearman -- who, as it happens, also wrote the Wired article that "Argo" is based on, and is co-writing the script for "The Big Cigar" with Jim Hecht ("Ice Age: The Meltdown") -- there's reason to hope that they won't sugarcoat the material. And Dayton and Faris seem like a good match for such potentially tonally tricky material. The film's set up at Sony through Tolmach's deal there, so we could see this moving forward as soon as they have a script ready.

This article is related to: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, The Big Cigar


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates