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Director Lawrence Kasden going to Stay Close

01.24.2012

Lawrence Kasden, after nearly 11 years away from directing since the very uneven Stephen King adaptation, DREAMCATCHER , is stepping back behind the lens for STAY CLOSE , an adaptation of the novel by Harlen Coben.

The novel synopsis is as follows:

Megan is a suburban soccer mom who once upon a time walked on the wild side. Now she's got two kids, a perfect husband, a picket fence, and a growing sense of dissatisfaction. Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer, but at age forty he finds himself in a dead- end job posing as a paparazzo pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids. Jack is a detective who can't let go of a cold case-a local husband and father disappeared seventeen years ago, and Jack spends the anniversary every year visiting a house frozen in time, the missing man's family still waiting, his slippers left by the recliner as if he might show up any moment to step into them.

Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past doesn't recede. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all. And as each confronts the dark side of the American Dream- the boredom of a nice suburban life, the excitement of temptation, the desperation and hunger that can lurk behind even the prettiest facades- they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper-thin as a heartbeat.

"I think it’s the most adaptable of his books, with a tight plot and strong characters," the writer-director noted to Indiewire. "We’ll have the script ready by March, and at that point we’ll see who salutes. When you boil Harlan’s fiction to its core, it’s intensity, momentum and tension and this will be a medium budget sexy and violent film."

It’s sometimes easy to overlook Lawrence Kasden when talking about great cinematic directors. We get wrapped up in the big names, like Spielberg, DePalma, and Coppola, while ignoring some of the great achievements by other filmmakers that grew up at the same time. Kasden is one of those directors.

While he’s had his missteps (FRENCH KISS , WYATT EARP ), he’s also had tremendous success (THE BODYGUARD , BODY HEAT , SILVERADO , THE BIG CHILL ) and is responsible for lending the much-needed gravitas to RETURN OF THE JEDI , THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK , and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK , co-writing them with George Lucas. Imagine if he’d been asked back to co-write the prequels. Could’ve been a very different, and less aggravating, experience.

Kasden recently wrapped DARLING COMPANION with Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline, which is making the festival rounds now. Stay tuned for more deets on STAY CLOSE as it develops.

Extra Tidbit: Lawrence Kasden's son, Jake, has directed the films Bad Teacher, Zero Effect, Walk Hard, and Orange County.
Source: Indiewire

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12:42PM on 01/26/2012

Missteps?

Neither French Kiss, nor Wyatt Earp, were missteps. Kevin Kline was hilarious, "Bub, Bub Dylan."
Neither French Kiss, nor Wyatt Earp, were missteps. Kevin Kline was hilarious, "Bub, Bub Dylan."
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1:38AM on 01/25/2012

Paul. Love ya, dude... BUT...

It's KASDAN. No 'E.'

Also. He didn't direct "The Bodyguard," which I assume you realize, but as written it seems as if you include this in his directing credits. That film was directed by Mick Jackson.

By the way, his other son is a director as well. Did "In The Land of Women."
It's KASDAN. No 'E.'

Also. He didn't direct "The Bodyguard," which I assume you realize, but as written it seems as if you include this in his directing credits. That film was directed by Mick Jackson.

By the way, his other son is a director as well. Did "In The Land of Women."
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1:27PM on 01/24/2012

Dreamcatcher

Calling Dreamcatcher "uneven" is being very kind. It is one of the most absurd, unintentionally hilarious movies ever put to film. It's awful. When Simple Jack threw his arms into the air in victory and screamed "Duddits wins" I nearly peed my pants.
Calling Dreamcatcher "uneven" is being very kind. It is one of the most absurd, unintentionally hilarious movies ever put to film. It's awful. When Simple Jack threw his arms into the air in victory and screamed "Duddits wins" I nearly peed my pants.
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1:03PM on 01/24/2012

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His son did Walk Hard? Oh man, such a great parody flick. Seriously, the only legit, hilarious parody flick of the past decade.

Also, this story sounds pretty interesting. I hope he brings his A game.
His son did Walk Hard? Oh man, such a great parody flick. Seriously, the only legit, hilarious parody flick of the past decade.

Also, this story sounds pretty interesting. I hope he brings his A game.
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11:18AM on 01/24/2012

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Orange County is a great underrated gem of a film.
Orange County is a great underrated gem of a film.
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