Some actors have such great chemistry with one another that we can’t help but hope they’ll eventually reconnect in another project: Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh (Gone with the Wind), Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed (It’s a Wonderful Life), Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (Swing Time) Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor (A Place In the Sun), Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine (The Apartment), Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy (Before Sunset),Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet (Titanic) and Kyle Chandler and Tammy Lauren (Homefront) are but a handful of talented thespians who make magic when paired onscreen with one another. Add to that list another pair of celluloid alchemists who struck gold back in 2015 with the oddball picture The Lobster – Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz. And – like a smattering of the above listed Hollywood dignitaries – these two are due for a big screen reteam courtesy of director Todd Solondz and his new film Love Child.
Per those lovelorn movie maniacs over at The Hollywood Reporter comes the news this very day that Colin Farrell (Tigerland) and Rachel Weisz (The Fountain) will be reteaming in Love Child, a story about a mischievous kid who plots the removal of his boorish father so that he can have his mother’s attentions all to himself. No, it’s not an unofficial remake of those resplendent Problem Child movies most of us imbibed secretly upon in the early 1990s, but rather it’s its own wonky thing. Naturally with a plot that zany and off-the-wall you would expect either the Farrelly Brothers or Todd Solondz to direct. Luckily for all of us, it’s the latter (although I don’t mind a good Farrelly flick every now and again, Dear and Constant Reader).
In a press release touting the film which is now making the rounds at the Cannes virtual market (ah, good ol’ 21st Century!), director Solondz – known for such high-wire act cinematic gems as Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness and Life During Wartime – said tongue firmly planted in cheek that “This is my first movie with a plot and my first movie taking place in Texas. It’s fun and it’s sexy and it’s shaped by the Hollywood movies that made me want to become a filmmaker. I’ve loved Rachel and Colin’s work forever, and am so honored to be able to excite their passion for serious and unexpected work as well.”
Labeled as a take on the time honored Oedipus story, Love Child is getting financing and domestic representation in the form of Cinetic Media and CAA Media Finance.
Farrell and Weisz were both quite good in The Lobster, so we here at Vents have high hopes indeed for Love Child! Stay tuned for release dates and the like as they roll into us here at Love Child Central!