Imagine Jack Black and Kirsten Dunst starring in a movie together, directed by the quirky mastermind behind “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”
Now, imagine dozens of movies like that.
That’s the winning concept of “Be Kind Rewind,” the bizarre-sounding script that has Dunst in negotiations to reunite with “Sunshine” director Michel Gondry. Written by Gondry, the film will follow a junkyard worker (Black) who is convinced that a local power plant is gaining influence over his brain. When he attempts to sabotage the plant, the resulting magnetic field erases all the tapes in the video store where his best friend works.
Afraid that the mishap will cost the friend his job, the two become determined to maintain the membership of a little old lady who is the store’s only loyal customer. Enlisting the help of anyone they can find, the group sets out to re-enact every movie that she decides to rent — including “Robocop,” “The Lion King” and “Back to the Future” — filming each one themselves and passing it off to her as the original version.
Gondry, sought-after by actors and musicians alike for his unique take on the world, rose to prominence directing the Lego-filled music video for the White Stripes’ “Fell in Love With a Girl” (see “White Stripes Teaming With Lego-Lovin’ Michel Gondry Again” ) and several Björk videos, starting with “Human Behavior.” He recently directed the Dave Chappelle concert film “Block Party,” and will soon release his trippy “The Science of Sleep,” starring Gael García Bernal.
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Dunst and Black have a long line of high-profile projects in the works, many of which will be pushed back by “Rewind,” if all goes according to plan. The film is expected to start filming in September, with at least one more major casting announcement due soon.
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