Sam Rockwell And Olivia Wilde's Better Living Through Chemistry Will Be Out This Spring
As a big fan of the noir genre, my ears perked up back in 2010 when it was announced that there was a film in the works called Better Living Through Chemistry. A story of illicit affairs, prescription drug abuse and murder, the movie sounds like a great dark, funny mystery a la The Postman Always Rings Twice, only it only sounds better when you learn that Sam Rockwell, Michelle Monaghan and Olivia Wilde play the three leads. The question that has persisted through the project's development, however, is when we would actually get to see the finished feature. Thanks to Samuel Goldwyn Films we now have an answer.
Variety reports that the studio has officially picked up the United States distribution rights for Better Living Through Chemistry, and while it doesn't look like they've nailed down an official release date yet, they are targeting this spring. Filmmakers Geoff Moore and David Posamentier wrote and directed the film as their first feature.
In the movie, Rockwell plays a man named Douglas Varney, a small town pharmacist living an ordinary life with his beautiful wife Kara (Monaghan). Things quickly go from normal to insane, though, when Douglas begins a prescription drug and alcohol fueled affair with one of his regular customers (Wilde). As though that weren't bad enough, the woman he is sleeping with also happens to be a trophy wife, and she works to convince Douglas to help kill her husband. In addition to the terrific leads, the movie also has a solid supporting cast that includes Ben Schwartz, Ken Howard, Ray Liotta and Jane Fonda.
A part of the reason why the movie took so much time through development was because there were some regular changes being made to cast. When the project was first announced Jeremy Renner was actually attached to play Douglas, while Jennifer Garner was on-board to play his mistress. Rockwell came aboard in July 2011, and Wilde followed him one month later.
The amount of Better Living Through Chemistry has taken to come together may worry some, but I'm still holding out hope that it's the movie I want it to be. After all, Rockwell is one of the most charismatic actors working today, and who wouldn't want to see him get involved in some really funny but fucked up shit? It's certainly worked well for him in the past:
Stay tuned for more info about the film as it comes.
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