Earlier today Deadline reported that a new script from Max Landis is coming to life starring Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick. Directed by Paco Cabezas (of the upcoming Nic Cage action thriller Tokarev), the romantic comedy follows Kendrick’s character whose bad luck at finding love seems to end when she meets Mr. Right. The catch is that he turns out to be a reformed hitman, and when his past comes for him their relationship is put to the test as they try to save one another.
Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick have both reached the point for me where all they have to do is show up and I’ll buy a ticket. Both have an uncanny ability to sink into their characters and combine comedic and dramatic acting in a natural fashion. You can always count on them to put forward their best effort no matter the product.
Max Landis has only one finished film to date that he’s written, which was 2012’s Chronicle, a surprise commercial and critical hit that successfully combined and refreshed the superhero and found footage genres. Since then Hollywood has put a lot of good faith in him, and he’s cashed in on it. He currently has 5 projects at various stages of production counting Mr. Right. There’s his Frankenstein reboot starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe that will be released October 2nd, 2015. Filming right now is American Ultra starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart while his directorial debut Me Him Her is awaiting distribution. His action comedy Good Time Gang has Jonah Hill and Mark Wahlberg attached but is still seeking a director and start date.
With this many projects greenlit it seems that maybe Landis won’t be a one hit wonder after all. At the same time, I don’t want to get excited too quickly about him. Chronicle worked for a number of reasons outside of the script with effective performances from the cast and solid direction from Josh Trank. But as I worry (possibly unnecessarily), at this point in time a script with Landis’s name on it brings more intrigue than caution. Mr. Right will begin filming this fall and will presumably see a release sometime in the last quarter of 2015.