Back in 1991, a little-seen (and John Hughes-penned!) feature hit theaters called Career Opportunities. It starred a young Jennifer Connelly and a still-trying-to-hit-leading-man-status Frank Whalley as a mismatched duo who get locked in a Target store overnight and are forced to deal with some inept robbers (one of whom is played by Dermot Mulroney!) while trapped in the store. Connolly plays the town hottie (somehow, back in 1991, it was possible for a town small enough to have one notable looker to also have a shiny new Target store) who, on her way out of town, falls asleep in a fitting room (because this would happen). Whalley, on the other hand, is a loser trying to make a go out of a job as a Target janitor, but who is so untrustworthy that his boss has locked him in the store for the night. Lots of hijinks (and even some romance!) occur, and although the film is sort of a throwaway picture, it is a Hughes film and it retains some serious nostalgia for certain fans of both Target and Whalley (read: me).
So let’s make a kid version of it! No, we’re serious! This actually sounds super fun!
THR reports that director Ruben Fleischer is in talks with Disney to direct their upcoming feature Overnight, a (perhaps totally accidental) spin on the tropes of Career Opportunities. The film has been penned by Oren Uziel (an emerging screenwriter who has contributed to scripts like 22 Jump Street, the Chuck Klosterman adaptation Downtown Owl, and Men in Black 4), so it certainly has some promising comedic chops.
Overnight is described as “Home Alone in an FAO Schwarz-esque toy store,” and reportedly centers on a father-son duo that get to spend the first night in a fabulous new toy store – the same night that a pack of robbers are planning on infiltrating the joint! Dun dun dun! (But will there be a giant piano for them to play?) THR also adds that the plot involves “an absent-minded, recently divorced father trying to save his relationship with his son — and defuse a hostage situation.” See? Career Opportunities for the kiddies.
The film would likely be a fun bounceback for the Zombieland director after the dismal showing of his Gangster Squad, a box office winner (it pulled in over $100m in ticket sales) that was savaged by the press. Fleischer has proven that he likes to mix up genres, but he appears to succeed when tasked with comedic fun, and the kind of family adventure that Overnight appears to offer sounds right up his alley.
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