Production has begun, on East Coast locations, on a Focus Features drama from Academy Award-nominated writer/director Paul Weitz. Formerly known as Another Night, the as-yet untitled film stars two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and is based on Nick Flynn's 2004 memoir entitled 'Another Bulls-t Night in Suck City'. Focus CEO James Schamus made the announcement today.
Mr. Robert De Niro has been joined in the cast by Paul Dano, Spirit Award winner Dale Dickey (Winter's Bone), Emmy Award nominee Lili Taylor (Public Enemies), Olivia Thirlby, and four-time Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore. Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano, both of the production company Depth of Field, are producing the film with Corduroy Films and with Mr. Robert De Niro's Tribeca Productions. The executive producers are Tribeca's Jane Rosenthal and Meghan Lyvers, Caroline Baron, and Depth of Field's Kerry Kohansky.
Declan Quinn (Rachel Getting Married) is the cinematographer on the film, and Emmy Award winner Sarah Knowles (Warm Springs) is the production designer. Focus executive vice president, production and development Kahli Small and creative executive Christopher Kopp are supervising the project for president of production John Lyons.
The dramatic feature tells the story of a young writer, Nick (portrayed by Mr. Paul Dano), who takes a job at a homeless shelter - where one night he discovers his long-absent father Jonathan (Mr. Robert De Niro) seeking a bed. Ms. Julianne Moore portrays the writer's mother Jody; and Ms. Olivia Thirlby portrays Denise, a worker at the shelter.
Mr. James Schamus said, "Nick Flynn's memoir was emotional, ruefully funny, and powerfully moving. Paul Weitz's movie looks to honor Nick Flynn's experiences - and his father's. We are privileged to be working with these filmmakers and talent to tell this story."
Mr. Paul Weitz commented, "I've been working on this script for seven years, gone through 30 drafts, and I feel extremely lucky to be making this draft, with this cast, at this studio."
Mr. Paul Weitz was an Academy Award nominee, with his brother Chris Weitz, for adapting Nick Hornby's novel About a Boy into the film of the same name, which they co-directed. Paul Weitz' other films as writer/director include In Good Company and American Dreamz.