Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2011 by Angie Han
Zoe Saldana is in talks to join Mark Ruffalo in Infinitely Polar Bear, the directorial debut of screenwriter Maya Forbes. The drama follows a bipolar man (Ruffalo) and his long-suffering wife (Saldana). When the husband goes off his meds, he finds his life deteriorating along with his psychological condition. As he loses his job and his mind, his wife returns to work and then eventually moves out, leaving him to take care of their children.
The film is being produced by J.J. Abrams, who previously worked with Saldana on Star Trek, and financed by Megan Ellison, who executive produced True Grit. Shooting for Infinitely Polar Bear will take place in September, just before Saldana is scheduled to reprise her role as Uhura in the Star Trek sequel. [Vulture]
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Briefly: Lest you ever think to yourself that J.J. Abrams already has more work set up than one man can possibly handle, here’s a story about the guy taking on one more project. According to Pajiba, he’s producing a film called Infinitely Polar Bear. Despite the immediate conclusions to which Lost fans might leap, this is in no way related to former projects from the producer.
Instead, it is “about a hospitalized bipolar man who attempts to hold onto his stability in order to take care of his two daughters while their mother does her best to start a career.” Oh. That sounds rather serious. Especially coming from Maya Forbes, writer of such tearjerkers as Monsters vs Aliens, The Rocker and The Larry Sanders Show. She’s directing this one as her debut film, and the credits on Larry Sanders suggest, hopefully, that there will be a certain amount of humor in the film. (Forbes also wrote the script.) Mark Ruffalo is being talked about as a candidate for the lead.