Posted on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Focus Features has send out a press release announcing the start of production on the Paul Weitz adaptation of Nick Flynn‘s memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. The film is working without a title for now, but as previously reported it does feature Paul Dano as Nick Flynn, and Robert De Niro as his homeless father, whom Flynn encounters while working at a shelter in Boston.
There is also the announcement that Lili Taylor and Dale Dickey (so scary in Winter’s Bone, and sadly sidelined in the awards season battle of badass moms) have joined the cast.
We don’t have roles for the two new actors yet, though the press release announces:
The dramatic feature tells the story of a young writer, Nick (portrayed by Mr. Dano), who takes a job at a homeless shelter – where one night he discovers his long-absent father Jonathan (Mr. De Niro) seeking a bed. Julianne Moore portrays the writer’s mother Jody; and Olivia Thirlby portrays Denise, a worker at the shelter.
The cast here has certainly shaped up in an impressive way. If Paul Weitz can manage the tone, this could be a picture you hear a lot about come the end of this year. Here’s the full book recap:
Flynn’s wayward father, a self-styled writer and ex-con, describes his life on Boston’s streets as “another bullshit night in Suck City”: he hangs out in ATM lobbies, stuffs his coat with newspaper and is often “still drunk from the night before.” This biting memoir describes the years poet Flynn spent, in his late 20s, working at one of the city’s homeless shelters, where his path crisscrossed with his down-and-out father’s. In examining their troublesome relationship, Flynn admits to feeling lost, as he turned to alcohol and came close to being on the other side of the shelter admissions booth himself.