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Grab Bag: WE’RE THE MILLERS gets a director; David Boreanaz in OFFICER DOWN; NADER AND SIMIN, A SEPARATION finds a home

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
May 3rd, 2011

Talk about a long gestation period.

First set up over at New Line back in 2002, WE’RE THE MILLERS has been a pot comedy that’s seen its fair share of directors and cast. Once attached to helmers like John Morris and Sean Anders, along with thespians Will Arnett and Steve Buscemi, THR is reporting that the film has finally found a man to lead it into production. Hopefully.

The outlet is reporting that DODGEBALL director Rawson Thurber is in talks to helm the project, which follows “a drug dealer who, on his 30th birthday, decides that he wants out of the business. He decides to do one more job, which forces him to travel to Mexico and create a make believe family in order to bring 1,400 pounds of marijuana into the U.S.”  So basically, JUST GO WITH IT but instead of using a family to get into the pants of a woman, the family building is to bring pot into the country. Yeah, count me out.

In other news, Deadline is reporting that David Boreanaz is set to join a new film, OFFICER DOWN. Helmed by Brian A. Miller, the indie will see him star next to Stephen Dorff and AnnaLynne McCord, and follows a doctor and a security guard whose “dreams consist of the other's daytime activities. They meet when the security guard murders his wife, and is then hit by a car and brought into the doctor's emergency room.” Boreanaz is an interesting actor, so it’s great to see him get a relatively compelling gig like this.

Finally, Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the North American rights to Asghar Farhadi’s NADER AND SIMIN, A SEPARATION. The film won this year’s Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, and follows “bout the dissolution of a marriage. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. Simin sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father. Her request having failed, Simin goes back to her parents’, but Termeh decides to stay with Nader…”

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