Considering he just paid for the new Summit offices – what with his “Twilight Saga : New Moon” making a staggering $250 million in it’s first three days of release; yep, it dragged Batman by his cape and left him with his wet load in the dirty stalls at Loews – Chris Weitz could just about pick and choose whatever the hell he wants to do next – and he has.
Despite what his manager is presumably advising him to do, and assumingly knocking back some of the bigger flicks that are being thrown in his direction, the filmmaker has opted to do a small immigrant drama as his next picture – yes, “small immigrant drama”.
….And power to the man for doing what he wants to do!
Summit – if only because they may want him to direct the fourth “Twilight”, if the rumours are to be believed – will bankroll this one too.
“The Gardener,” written by Eric Eason (“Manito”), is about a hard-working immigrant who lives in Los Angeles and his efforts to protect his son, according to Variety.
Weitz said he will begin production in March or April.
“There are no werewolves or vampires, just a Mexican gardener in Los Angeles,” Weitz said.
Oh, and the rumours suggesting “New Moon” would be Weitz’s final flick? (and let’s be honest, if he was happy to retire and simply read about what his brother, “Little Fockers” director Paul is up to, he probably could now) – absolute bullshit. The filmmaker says something he told Moviemaker magazine was taken out of context.