Michael Keaton is back in a big way; his acting is on the rise and now it seems he’s looking to get behind the camera again, as well. Just a week after taking the opportunity to replace Hugh Laurie as the juicy new RoboCop villain, news is out that Keaton’s now attached himself to direct the indie film Buttercup, described as a “dramedy”.
Buttercup will be Keaton’s second time in the director’s chair, but it’s been a while – he made his directorial debut with 2008′s The Merry Gentlemen.
According to /Film, Buttercup centers around a neurotic woman whose irresponsible, drunk father has been arrested for driving under the influence yet again. Forced to take responsibility for the old man, she tries to help him get his life back on track. In the process, she comes to terms with her dad’s flaws and even learns to trust other men again. The title Buttercup refers to the older man’s nickname for his daughter.
The script was written by relative newcomer Alice O’Neil, who apparently introduces comedic elements into that dramatic setup to help humanize the characters.
Michael London (Sideways) will produce, with Brian Koppelman and David Levien. Buttercup has been in the works for a few years now, and in that time has changed hands multiple times. Keaton is stepping in for Niki Caro (Whale Rider), who in turn was a replacement for Sarah Polley.
When Caro had the helm, Jennifer Aniston and Alan Arkin were lined up to star as the father-daughter duo, but both have since left the project. There’s no word on the cast for this incarnation, and as yet, we’ve got no word on when shooting will begin. Watch this space.
Keaton’s been keeping a bit of a low profile these past several years, but now it seems the star is going to be really quite busy, having already wrapped a thriller titled Penthouse North with Michelle Monaghan, and has Robocop due out next summer. He also has a comedy with Larry David and Jon Hamm in the works for HBO.
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