May 29, 2017

Jack Black, Michael Winterbottom comedy “Bailout” goes to Sony

By Sean O’Connell Jack Black could use a hit — one where we see him, and not just hear him (as we do in the “Kung Fu Panda” franchise). “The Big Year” wasn’t a big hit. “Bernie” went unseen. “Gulliver’s Travels” should have gone unseen.

Teaming up with Michael Winterbottom, however, could be just what the doctor ordered for Black, who’ll appear in the director’s upcoming comedy “Bailout,” which was just acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide, THR reports.

Winterbottom’s film adapts Jess Walter’s novel “The Financial Lives of the Poets,” about a 99-percenter who hits rock bottom – broke, unemployed, cheating wife and so on – who must go to extremes to get his life back on track. Shooting on the comedy begins January 2012, with additional cast members announced shortly.

“We’re delighted to partner with Sony on this film,” said Ealing Metro head Will Machin. “They share our enthusiasm for the project and our excitement at the pairing of Michael and Jack in this smart commercial comedy.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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