Did you know that Jack Black was a Golden Globe nominated actor? Yep, he is and it’s thanks to a little performance that made a lot of noise in a film called The School of Rock. It was directed by Richard Linklater, who recently helmed Me and Orson Welles and the duo are reuniting for another project. According to THR, they’ll tackle a dark comedy aptly titled, Bernie.
The plot for Bernie sounds like a present day remake of Weekend at Bernie’s, which might explain it’s coincidental name. It centers on “a Renaissance man-community leader-mortician Bernie (Black) who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a wealthy but very particular widow. When he kills her, he goes to great lengths to maintain the illusion that she is still alive.” Um, yeah that sounds awfully familiar.
The unfortunate old woman will be played by Shirley MacLaine, so who’s excited to see Black toss her lifeless body across the screen for an hour and a half? It’s great that Linklater and Black are joining forces again but why does it have to be for something like this? Bernie will begin production this fall in October and is being co-produced by Mandalay Vision and Castle Rock.
What do you think of the plot for Bernie? Are you interested in seeing the film?