Somewhere along the way, David Gordon Green’s career made a sharp left turn. Hardly anyone who watched Green’s early soul-searching efforts (George Washington, All the Real Girls, Snow Angels) could have predicted the sophomoric antics of Pineapple Express, Your Highness or the upcoming The Sitter. So, is Green making a U-Turn back to more serious fare, or will his recently announced project, Q, be more marijuana-laced dick jokes?

It sounds like something caught in the middle. The Hollywood Reporter says Green plans to adapt Evan Mandery’s novel, which follows a man who is visited by his future self and told not to marry his current girlfriend. He agrees, then spends the rest of his life trying to correct the mistake, all while being visited by future versions of his personality that repeatedly try and influence his life.

I like the premise a lot, and THR describes it’s tone as a humorous It’s a Wonderful Life, with drama and romance mixed in. More than anything, I just hope it’s smart. Green’s Pineapple Express was pretty clever, if you chose to look at it as a spoof of 1980s buddy action pics. But Your Highness had precious few redeemable qualities. And I know very little about The Sitter, his comedic collaboration with Jonah Hill, even though it opens on Dec. 9.

I’m nowhere near ready to write Green off. He’s far too talented of a storyteller, and Q sounds like it could give him the denser material he needs to get his directorial career back on track. Just so long as he avoids casting Danny McBride in the lead, because I’m not sure I can handle future versions of McBride coming back in time to tell him how horrible his old man testicles look.

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