Helen Hunt Planning To Direct Her Second Movie

By Josh Tyler 2008-03-10 03:10:25discussion comments
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Saturday night was the SXSW premiere of the first ever movie written and directed by Helen Hunt. Its called Then She Found Me and she adapted the screenplay from a book by Elinor Lipman. Judging from the audience response it got here in Austin, her career as a director is off to a great start. In fact, it sounds like shes already planning another one.

This afternoon at a press conference, Helen talked about Then She Found Me as well as what else shes planning. Well have a full report from the press conference soon, but in the mean time, heres what she has to say about her followup project to Then She Found Me.

When asked if shed direct again Helen responded, Yeah I wrote another movie, this time an original idea. Helen thinks its important to find what it is in yourself that youre good at, and she says of this second film, I have a little pattern that I could see in myself having done two now. As for when we might see it, the movies still in the very early stages, she hasnt even finished the script yet. But she says, I write really detailed outlines. The outline was forever, the first draft was a breeze, and now Im at the worst part where I have to actually rewrite it and actually think, and I dont know what to do.

Unfortunately shes hesitant to drop many details on what the film will be about, but she did compare it to her current movie saying, Its similar in tone in that its a comedy about some things that are funny and some things that are not funny. With Then She Found Me she was aiming for something in the vein of As Good as It Gets, and tonally at least, she gets there. If people show up for Then She Found Me when its finally released, and she manages to get this second project off the ground, Helen Hunt may end up with a bright future as a writer director.

Check back later in the week for more from Helen Hunt, as she goes in depth on her directorial debut at Austins South By Southwest fest.

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