When a rookie director scores an expected hit, as Peyton Reed did with “Bring It On,” studios will fall over each other trying to get them to come to their lot and make a film for them. Even if the main reason “Bring It On” was a hit was due to the dozen or so hot young chicks in cheerleader outfits or washing cars in their bikinis.
For his second film, Reed is shooting craps with forty plus million of Fox’s dollars, hoping the dice don’t come up snake eyes on his revisionist romcom “Down With Love.” Awash with psuedo-Technicolor colors, process shots and split screens, Reed wants to have fun in the final part of that age of innocence that would end with the assassination of President Kennedy, mimicing the halcyon days of Rock Hudson and Doris Day. Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger star as two jaded writers (he a womanizing sportswriter, she a feminist author) who try their best not to fall in love with each other.
The film, produced by the team behind “American Beauty,” lands on American shores this April before opening worldwide during the summer months.
Executive Producer: Paddy Cullen
Producers: Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks
Director: Peyton Reed
Writers: Eve Ahlert, Dennis Drake
Featuring: Ewan McGregor, Renee Zellweger, Melissa George, David Hyde Pierce, Tony Randall
Distributor: 20th Century Fox