Robert De Niro, Paul Dano begin Flynn’s memoir


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Production began today on Paul Weitz’s as-yet-untitled film adaptation of Nick Flynn’s 2004 memoir entitled “Another Bulls—t Night in Suck City.”

The Focus Features stars Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore, Paul Dano, Dale Dickey (“Winter’s Bone”), Lili Taylor and Olivia Thirlby. It tells the story of Nick Flynn (Dano), a young writer who takes a job at a homeless shelter where he discovers his long-absent father Jonathan (De Niro) seeking a bed. Moore portrays the writer’s mother Jody, while Thirlby portrays Denise, a worker at the shelter.

“Nick’s memoir was emotional, ruefully funny, and powerfully moving. Paul’s movie looks to honor Nick’s experiences – and his father’s. We are privileged to be working with these filmmakers and talent to tell this story,” said Focus CEO James Schamus.

Weitz commented, “I’ve been working on this script for seven years, gone through 30 drafts, and I feel extremely lucky to be making this draft, with this cast, at this studio.”

More from the release:

Mr. Weitz and Andrew Miano, both of the production company Depth of Field, are producing the film with Corduroy Films and with Mr. De Niro’s Tribeca Productions. The executive producers are Tribeca’s Jane Rosenthal and Meghan Lyvers, Caroline Baron, and Depth of Field’s Kerry Kohansky.

Declan Quinn (Rachel Getting Married) is the cinematographer on the film, and Emmy Award winner Sarah Knowles (Warm Springs) is the production designer. Focus executive vice president, production and development Kahli Small and creative executive Christopher Kopp are supervising the project for president of production John Lyons.

Mr. Weitz was an Academy Award nominee, with his brother Chris, for adapting Nick Hornby’s novel About a Boy into the film of the same name, which they co-directed. Paul Weitz’ other films as writer/director include In Good Company and American Dreamz.

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