American comedian Jack Black is slated to take the leading role in a comedy flick called Bailout, to be directed by British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom. The movie will be an adaptation of a novel by author Jess Walter called The Financial Lives Of Poets. Walter himself adapted the novel for film.
Black has an extensive acting career, starring mostly as cocky, bumbling, but internally self-conscious outsiders in comedy films. He also possesses musical talents and is one half of the comedy and satirical rock duo Tenacious D. Black has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
To summarise, the story follows the dreadful misfortunes of the lead character, Matt Prior (Jack Black), who is burdened with enormous debt, is about to lose his job, and is convinced his wife is cheating on him. Just before the bank forecloses his home, he meets two losers in the local supermarket. They proposition him with a strange business venture, which he willingly accepts. So could there be a silver lining?
Bailout’s global sales, marketing and finance will be handled by Ealing Metro International and Prescience, which also financed The King’s Speech (2010). The film’s production will be a joint effort between Melissa Parmenter of Revolution Films, Michael Bessman of Ballyhoo, Priyanka Matoo, Ben Cooley and Black himself of Electric Dynamite.
Filming is slated to begin in August.
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