David Gordon Green has had somewhat of an eclectic filmmaking career, starting with indie dramas such as Undertow and 2003’s All the Real Girls, then continuing on with studio comedies such as Pineapple Express, Your Highness, and The Sitter. His talent as a filmmaker earned him the attention of renowned directors like Terrence Malick (who produced Undertow) and Steven Soderbergh (a would-be producer of Green’s version of A Confederacy of Dunces) early in his career, but it seemed after the success of Pineapple Express that his praise began to wane as the following two films were poorly received. Just recently, however, Green seems to have gotten back in the game, touching base with his indie roots with the critically-acclaimed existential comedy Prince Avalanche, which launched at Sundance this year, and Joe, starring Nicolas Cage, which premiered at Venice Film Festival. From the sounds of early reviews, Joe turned out to be a solid piece of work – probably one of the better pictures for both Cage and Green in recent memory.
Green shows no signs of stopping either. He is already working on his latest film, Manglehorn, for which he landed Al Pacino as the lead. Holly Hunter, Chris Messina (The Mindy Project), and director of Springbreakers Harmony Korine will be joining Pacino in the movie which follows “an eccentric man who tries to come to terms with a past crime that cost him the love of his life.” The script was penned by set-intern for Prince Avalanche Paul Logan, and the project is being funded by Worldview Entertainment.
The film will be released in 2014.