Kristal Bailey

by: Kristal Bailey
February 8th, 2011

With the box office and award season success of 2006 Sundance darling LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, it’s no wonder that it’s been a huge influence and spurred many similar projects since. While many indie films have tried to capture the tone and spirit of the film, it looks like the upcoming HE LOVES ME could have the most success given who is involved.

Paul Dano, star of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, is set to star in a film written and co-starring his real-life girlfriend, Zoe Kazan. They just brought on the directing duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who haven’t helmed a project since their work on LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE five years ago. Also on the project are producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, who were also crucial to the production of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE.

According to the LA Times blog, 24 Frames, HE LOVES ME tells the story “of a young novelist who achieves success early in his career but begins to face struggles. In a bid to overcome writer’s block, he is told to write the woman he thinks will love him. He winds up willing her into existence.”

While that sounds nothing like the 2006 indie hit, Berger said “The plot couldn’t be more different than ‘Little Miss Sunshine,’ ” he said. “But in terms of a movie with comedy, with heart and with strong characters, I think it’s very similar.”

The script is still in early stages of development, so there is still plenty of work that needs to be done before this hits the screen. If this does manage to capture some of the magic of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, I’ll be first in line to see it.

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