Director Craig Gillespie To Help Will Ferrell Steal Some Flamingos
A few months ago we reported about a story about a man and his little toy flamingos. Will Ferrell had been cast in a new project titled The Flamingo Thief, an adaptation of the novel by Susan Trott, which would feature the comedic star as a man going through a divorce who discovers a complete obsession with stealing tiny plastic pink birds. Up until now the project has been without a helmer, though Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films is set to produce, but Variety is reporting that they have found the right man to bring the story to life.
Craig Gillespie, who last worked on the last year's horror remake Fright Night, is now in line to direct The Flamingo Thief. The subject matter is much closer to what we typically see from the filmmaker, whose acceptance of the Fright Night gig was a surprise to many. Prior to making that movie he directed the acclaimed film Lars and the Real Girl, another movie about a man and his obsession with an inanimate object. Ferrell is still attached to the new project and will likely balance it with the football comedy Three Mississippi in his schedule. Also set to start up later this year and be prepped for a 2013 release is Anchorman 2, which is set with Adam McKay in the director's chair and Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell, David Koechner and Christina Applegate confirmed to reprise their roles from the first movie.
Gillespie was most recently attached to direct an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies but dropped the project for undisclosed reasons. He is set to helm one of the short films that makes up the recently-announced Sydney Unplugged.
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