‘The Artist’ Director Teams With Zach Galifianakis For ‘Will’

By May 15, 2014

I saw a screening of The Artist featuring a Q&A with writer/director Michel Hazanavicius before that film went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars, and the French filmmaker struck me as a well-spoken, driven, passionate guy that seemed like he’d be fun to root for as he journeyed through the Hollywood system. But since that film earned all of its accolades (including a Best Director statue for Hazanavicius himself), the director has been pretty quiet on the Hollywood front. He took his newly-earned clout and went overseas to direct a modernized remake of the 1948 film The Search because he didn’t think he’d be able to make it as easily if he waited a few years, but now his name has surfaced at the Cannes Film Festival in association with a project that could garner just as many eyes – though likely not nearly as many awards – as The Artist.

Variety reports that Hazanavicius will next direct a comedy called Will, which has Zach Galifianakis and Paul Rudd attached to star. The script, written by actor/writer/comedian Demetri Martin, has been kicking around town for a few years now, with Galifianakis and Rudd becoming attached way back in January of 2010. The story “follows an ordinary guy (Rudd) who lives in a world where people’s lives and destinies are being written by scribes in Heaven. The man wakes up one day to find that his heavenly writer (Galifianakis) has decided to no longer draft his life, and he must go about his day unscripted, ending up on a journey to fulfill his hidden potential.”

Galifianakis poses at the premiere of "The Hangover Part II" at Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood

The Artist was a silent film, but it’s full of comedy, and I can’t wait to see how Hazanavicius handles working with a couple of mega-stars in a big studio-produced comedy. I like the guy a lot, so I’m hoping for the best for him, and the plot sounds like it has shades of Stranger Than Fiction, a 2006 dramedy starring Will Ferrell that I don’t think gets enough love these days. (Ferrell and producing partner Adam McKay are producing Will, so perhaps they saw the connection too.)

Are you excited to see Galifianakis and Rudd team up again on screen? Looking forward to seeing what the Oscar-winning director can do with a studio-produced comedy like this? Let us know below!

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