Ruben Fleischer Producing Indie Rom-Com Two Night Stand For First-Timer Max Nichols
With the quirky comedy Zombieland, director Ruben Fleischer made a name for himself; and now he's paving the way for another aspiring filmmaker. Variety reports Fleischer, who has recently wrapped production on the buzzed about crime-drama Gangster Squad, will produce the indie romantic comedy Two Night Stand, which will be the feature debut of music video director Max Nichols.
Penned by Mark Hammer, Two Night Stand centers on a pair of unlikely lovers who are trapped together when an unexpected blizzard forces them to extend what would otherwise have been a regrettable one-night stand. Confined to a tiny Manhattan apartment, this man and woman who'd rather remain strangers are pressed to co-exist, and so begin to get to know each other more intimately than either had intended.
From this intriguing premise, it's little wonder that Hammer's script made the 2011 Black List, a collection of the best unproduced screenplays currently circling Hollywood. The question now is whether or not the first-time filmmaker is right for this unconventional rom-com. To his credit, Nichols has created vids for a wide array of musical acts including Bowling For Soup, Bullet For My Valentine, and Willie Nelson, and in doing so has displayed a true talent for manifesting mood. But how his style will translate to a presumably dialogue-driven narrative remains to be seen.
Still, Fleischer does have an eye for talent, casting Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone before either was major stars. So not only does this speak well for Nichols, but it also points to the possibility of an incredible onscreen pairing. Plus, a solid cast could ease Nichols through the tricky transition from music videos to movies. With the producers currently seeking to cast the feature's romantic leads, a clearer picture of this comedy should soon come into focus.
Two Night Stand is expected to shoot this fall.
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