By our guest blogger, Matt Jussim
While many people remember Fred Durst best for his work as the front man of the band Limp Bizkit, more recently he has proved he has a knack for directing films. In 2008, he directed the Ice Cube film "The Longshots," which was nothing special, but in 2007 Durst completely shocked me with his excellent work on "The Education of Charlie Banks."
Starring a pre-Oscar nominated Jesse Eisenberg in a pitch perfect role, the film was a tale of friendship, secrets and higher education that showed that Durst had a feel for cinema and was a skilled director. For his next project, Durst is aiming for something more along the lines of "Banks" rather than a comedy like "Longshots," and it has just added a leading man.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paul Walker will star in the Durst-directed thriller "Pawn Shop Chronicles" for Lionsgate.
The article describes the project as "hillbilly Pulp Fiction" and follows interconnected stories centering on a missing wedding ring, which leads to a wild-goose chase involving meth addicts, skinheads and an Elvis impersonator.
Actor-turned-writer Adam Minarovich penned the script while Jordan Schur, David Mimran and Steven Schneider are producing along with Durst.
I'm not sure exactly why, but there was always something I liked about Paul Walker. Sure, his acting could be a bit stiff, but he was solid back in the day in "She's All That" and he was pretty good in the mediocre "Running Scared." I think he could be a good fit here, but the reason I look at this project as a potentially successful one is due to Durst.
If you're a fan of good movies or Jesse Eisenberg, seriously do yourself a favor and get your hands on "The Education of Charlie Banks" because it really is worthwhile. This new project seems suited for him, and I'd expect it to be a solid film all around, especially from the director's chair.
Shooting aims to kick off this spring in Michigan.