Zombie-Alien-Vampire Mashup The Kitchen Sink Finds A Director
It would seem that Jonah Hill is not quite ready to jump into the directing world just yet. While the comedian has taken major steps forward in his career recently, producing and co-writing 21 Jump Street and earning his first Oscar nomination for his performance in Moneyball, he's apparently not going to be helming a project himself any time soon, as he has been replaced as the director on The Kitchen Sink.
While Hill was first rumored to direct the comedy early last year, it is being reported by Deadline that filmmaker Robbie Pickering will be directing the project instead. Based on a script by Oren Uziel, which made the 2010 Black List (a list of the most popular unproduced screenplays in Hollywood in any given year), the movie is about a teenage vampire, zombie and human who have to work together in order to stop an alien invasion. Pickering's first film, Natural Selection, which he both wrote and directed, premiered at SXSW last year where it earned a number of prizes, including the Audience Award, Grand Jury - Best Narrative Feature, and Best Screenplay. Most recently Pickering nabbed a Best First Feature nomination at the Independent Spirit Awards. The site doesn't say when the film might start production, but it is being backed by Sony Pictures and produced by Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man).
If you're wondering why you haven't heard much about Natural Selection it's because the movie hasn't been given a release yet, despite the fact that it was picked up for distribution by The Cinema Guild. Hopefully that will change soon and we can learn what we can expect from The Kitchen Sink.
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