Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Shailene Woodley Gets NSFW In 2 Clips From 'White Bird In A Blizzard' Plus New Pics Watch: Shailene Woodley Gets NSFW In 2 Clips From 'White Bird In A Blizzard' Plus New Pics TIFF Review: 'Cake' Starring Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington & More TIFF Review: 'Cake' Starring Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington & More First Look: Matthew McConaughey & Ken Watanabe In Gus Van Sant’s ‘Sea Of Trees’ First Look: Matthew McConaughey & Ken Watanabe In Gus Van Sant’s ‘Sea Of Trees’ Tom Hardy Says He'll Never Do Another Romantic Comedy Again Thanks To 'This Means War' Tom Hardy Says He'll Never Do Another Romantic Comedy Again Thanks To 'This Means War' David Fincher Apparently Thinks 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel 'The Girl Who Played With Fire' Could Get Made David Fincher Apparently Thinks 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel 'The Girl Who Played With Fire' Could Get Made Revisiting On The Rise: Where Are Our 2012 Picks Now? Revisiting On The Rise: Where Are Our 2012 Picks Now? Oscars: Dust Settles On The Fall Festivals With No Clear Best Picture Front-Runner (Yet) Oscars: Dust Settles On The Fall Festivals With No Clear Best Picture Front-Runner (Yet) Fall TV Preview: Our 22 Most Anticipated Shows For The Rest Of 2014 Fall TV Preview: Our 22 Most Anticipated Shows For The Rest Of 2014 Watch: NYFF Trailer Has Snippets Of ‘Inherent Vice’ Footage For Those Checking For Trailers Several Times A Day Watch: NYFF Trailer Has Snippets Of ‘Inherent Vice’ Footage For Those Checking For Trailers Several Times A Day TIFF Review: 'Still Alice' Starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin & Kate Bosworth TIFF Review: 'Still Alice' Starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin & Kate Bosworth Review: 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them' Starring Jessica Chastain & James McAvoy Review: 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them' Starring Jessica Chastain & James McAvoy Jason Reitman Calls ‘Labor Day’ "A Misguided Effort" Jason Reitman Calls ‘Labor Day’ "A Misguided Effort" David Fincher & James Ellroy Plotting 1950s Crime Noir Series For HBO David Fincher & James Ellroy Plotting 1950s Crime Noir Series For HBO Chris Evans On His Directorial Debut ‘Before We Go,’ Filming In New York, & ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Chris Evans On His Directorial Debut ‘Before We Go,’ Filming In New York, & ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Boardwalk Empire - Season 5 - Episode 1 Recap: “Golden Days For Boys & Girls” Boardwalk Empire - Season 5 - Episode 1 Recap: “Golden Days For Boys & Girls” 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 All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Mandy Moore & Rodrigo Santoro To Star In 'Falling Slowly' From 'Buried' Writer Chris Sparling

The Playlist By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist March 1, 2011 at 1:50AM

"What I really want to do is direct," might as well be the adage that every screenwriter in Hollywood not so secretly clings to at night when they brush their teeth before bed and daydream of their Academy acceptance speech.
4


"What I really want to do is direct," might as well be the adage that every screenwriter in Hollywood not so secretly clings to at night when they brush their teeth before bed and daydream of their Academy acceptance speech.

And yet the number of writers who have successfully made that leap is arguably few -- emphasis on successfully. Christopher McQuarrie might be one of the most sought after screenwriters in the world today, but no one really mentions his directorial effort, "The Way Of The Gun." Likewise, David Fincher and Steven Soderbergh have Scott Z. Burns on speed dial, but no one really recalls "Pu-239." Recent evidence suggests it's really not as easy as it seems. Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black ("Milk") stumbled hard at TIFF last year with his tonally odd debut, "What's Wrong With Virginia," (there's still no U.S. distribution for it even with stars like Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris in the leads) and Bill Murray bud Mitch Glazer seemingly torpedoed his further directorial chances with the disastrous "Passion Play" at the same festival. Meanwhile, Oscar-winning "The Departed" writer William Monaghan's debut "London Boulevard" was recently met with complete derision during its U.K. premiere last fall.

Others like Stephan Gaghan and Charlie Kaufman have fared better, but there's a graveyard of screenwriter-turned debuts out there which leads us to (no pressure, dude) Chris Sparling. You could say that was quick. Last year, his Black List approved "Buried" became a small, but noisy critical hit (though not much of a commercial one) and now the scribe is making the leap to director.

Variety reports that Sparling will direct "Falling Slowly," which will star Mandy Moore and Rodrigo Santoro ("300," "Che"), a supernatural thriller about a couple whose apartment is haunted by a dark presence. Wait, didn't Tobe Hooper just announce the same movie?

That's about all the details right now -- no word yet on when this will go in front of cameras, but we'd guess it'll come together shortly. Given the lower wattage star power, we'd wager the budget on this one will be on the lower end of the scale but if Sparling manages to um, write his way out of the box with this film, we'll tune in to see if he can make the leap.

This article is related to: Films, Actors, Actresses, Falling Slowly, Rodrigo Santoro, Mandy Moore, Chris Sparling


The Playlist

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

E-Mail Updates