News recently broke via favored son The Hollywood Reporter that actor’s par excellence – Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas, Red Rock West) and Neil Patrick Harris (Clara’s Heart, Gone Girl) – have signed along the dotted line to star in what must qualify as a film with one of the cooler and more modest sounding titles since director Phillip Kaufman’s 1988 trifle The Unbearable Lightness of Being – The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.
The film, being billed as an action comedy, centers around a down on his luck actor (played by Cage) who, facing financial disaster, accepts a job through his agent (Harris) to put in a star appearance at a super-fan’s birthday party for a cool $ 1 million smackers. Naturally, thigs go tremendously awry once the party begins, and Cage is forced into Con-Air mode in order to save the lives of himself and his loved ones.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is being directed for Lionsgate by Tom Gormican (That Awkward Moment) who is also co-writing the screenplay with fellow scribe Kevin Etten (Ghosted). Also set to star alongside Cage and Harris are consummate actors Tiffany Haddish (Bad Trip), Sharon Horgan (Game Night), Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones), Jacob Scipio (Bad Boys for Life) and Alessandra Mastronardi (To Rome With Love).
This current project marks a prolific time for Neil Patrick Harris who appears alongside Keanu Reeves in the fourth Matrix film. Also in the pipeline for the busy thespian is the HBO Max/Channel 4 production of It’s a Sin.
Producing The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent – which thematically seems recalls such films as Johnny Hollywood, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Adaptation – are Kevin Turen, Kristin Burr and Mike Nilon. Overseeing the whole shebang at Lionsgate will be none other than James Myers and Brady Fujikawa. Not to be overshadowed, Lionsgate’s very own Robert Melnik finagled the deal that allowed the studio to acquire the buzz-worthy film.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is currently in production in Hungary and is tentatively set to see theatrical release on March 19, 2021.