While doing some research on Juno (what else), I came across an unfortunate bit of news about an indie film which I’ve been tracking for some time, Jack and Diane.
Bradley Rust Gray’s film is about two teenage lesbians (Ellen Page and Olivia Thirlby), who meet in New York City and spend the night kissing ferociously. Diane’s charming innocence quickly begins to open Jack’s tough skinned heart. But, when Jack discovers that Diane is leaving the country in a week she tries to push her away. Diane must struggle to keep their love alive while hiding the secret that her newly awakened sexual desire occasionally turns her into a werewolf.
Jack and Diane was set to start production this fall, but I guess funding fell through recently.
“It’s a drag that we, as of yet, haven’t filmed it. But it will happen,” says Ellen Page. “It’s kind of super-subtle and not really ‘about’ anything. Not a lot happens, there’s no car explosions.”
Some critics (Ebert included) are even predicting that Page will earn an Oscar nomination for Juno. And I’m sure if that happens, funding will quickly follow. I just wish there were some company that would see the genius of this idea, and the potential marketability of Page the potential oscar hype, and get this project off the ground sooner rather than later.
In a world where venture capitalists are throwing money at the stupidest of stupid ideas, there must be someone with some cash that is willing to help this movie, right? Mark Cuban, where are you?
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