A few years ago, Fred Durst, director of videos for Puddle of Mudd, Cold and his own band, Limp Bizkit, was linked to as many as four feature films. Two of them are now moving forward with someone else in the director's chair.
"The Lords of Dogtown," a fictionalized version of the 2001 documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys," will begin production in April with Catherine Hardwicke ("Thirteen") directing. Heath Ledger ("A Knight's Tale") and 18-year-old John Robinson will star in the film, which follows a group of young California surfers who take to the streets in the 1970s and spawn a national youth obsession. Robinson will play former pro Stacy Peralta, who wrote the documentary and penned the feature's screenplay.
Filmmaker David Fincher ("Fight Club"), who is signed on to the project as one of three executive producers, originally conceived of the film as a smaller-budgeted production and had wanted to attach Durst (see "Fred Durst To Start Rollin' Film On Skateboard Flick"). But as the project increased in scope, it outgrew a first-time director.
"Fred is not in a hurry to direct," Durst's spokesperson said. "He wants his first film to be the right situation."
Durst was also scheduled to work on the film "Wannabe," a suburban mob flick inspired by a 1998 article in New York magazine. The singer liked the script and did some research, but when "The Fast and the Furious" actor Paul Walker was no longer attached to a starring role, Durst withdrew his participation. The film will now be directed by Eric Eason.
Durst is still involved in the film "Runt," about a high-school outcast, and the thriller "Life Without Joe," though a production schedule has not yet been established.