Ruben Fleischer to Direct ‘Overnight’ for Disney

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Briefly: Ruben Fleischer broke out big with Zombieland, but his following two films, 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad, have been, well, less impressive each time. Can a slight course change into more family-oriented territory tap the reset button and give him a project that’ll be back on track?

We’ll find out if he closes his deal to helm Overnight for Disney. The film, written by Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street), is being compared to Home Alone as it finds “a father and son winning the chance to spend the night inside the new FAO type store but find their sleepover interrupted when thieves break in.”

 

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With The Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day on the verge of hitting theaters (it opens this Friday), one of things that’s continued to fascinate me is the story of how Troy Duffy was able to remake himself in the aftermath of The Boondock Saints and Overnight, the 2003 documentary that chronicled Duffy’s rise and fall. Duffy was just a bartender when, in 1997, Harvey Weinstein agreed to purchase his Boondock Saints script for $300,000 and let him direct the movie with a budget of $15 million. However, as portrayed in the film, Duffy is an egomaniacal lout, obsessed with the heights of his talent and abusive to his friends. He goes on to lose his deal, his friends, and his Hollywood connections, although the massive success of The Boondock Saints on DVD has brought him to the point where a sequel, complete with theatrical release, is now possible.  Here’s the trailer for the documentary:

I spoke with Duffy last week while he was out promoting Boondock Saints 2 and asked him about his reactions to Overnight, some of which you can read after the jump. My full interview with him will be available later this week.

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The Boondock Saints 2 gets a Greenlight?!

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Troy Duffy has a big announcement for St. Patrick’s Day: Boondock Saints 2 might be happening after all. According to Duffy, Sony Picture Studios has greenlit The Boondock Saints: All Saints Day, and the original cast (with the exception of Willem Dafoe) are excited to return. Duffy claims that the film will begin shooting Summer 2008. He made the announcement in a video posted on his YouTube account earlier today (thanks to /Film reader IronMonger for sending this in). The video was quickly removed from the video sharing site, but can be seen below.

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After having seen Overnight, a documentary on the making of the original Boondock Saints and the meltdown of Troy Duffy, I’m not quite sure this will actually happen (yes, even after an official announcement). I am however a huge fan of the first film. Many believed the original screenplay was on par with Quentin Tarantino’s early work, the finished film – not as much (again, see Overnight). Despite poor reviews and non-existent box office (Mojo lists a domestic total of $30,471), The Boondock Saints quickly became a cult classic among film fanatics.

Duffy announced in March 2002 that a second film had found financial backing and would have twice the budget of the original film, and “experience a theatrical release.” But legal problems delayed the project again and again.

Discuss: Do you want to see a Boondock Saints sequel? Will it ever actually happen?

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