Nicolas Cage is often viewed as a love-'em or hate-'em kind of actor, so his involvement in the Tobey Maguire-produced "The Hungry Rabbit Jumps" is bound to further divide movie fans. MTV News spoke with James D. Stern, one of the film's producers, to get the official rundown on the project.
"It's a thriller about a guy who has something quite untoward happen to his wife," Stern said of the film's premise. "He's approached by a vigilante group and they can take care of it, because it doesn't look like the police will be able to. In exchange, he'll have to owe them a favor. He mistakenly takes them up on it and finds himself in a bind that's hard to get out of."
On the one hand, "The Hungry Rabbit Jumps" sounds like a cool little thriller with shades of "Death Sentence" and "Before and After" in there — but on the other hand, it sounds exactly like the type of role that Cage might overplay along the lines of his infamous "Wicker Man" performance.
For now, take Stern's words for what they are — if nothing else, the producer thinks that Cage is the right man for the movie.
"He's perfect for it," Stern said of Cage's involvement in the movie. "We're really, really thrilled."
In my opinion, "The Hungry Rabbit Jumps" has potential to do one of two things — either go the serious thriller route, or play out as a total cheese fest with a ridiculous amount of shock value. Frankly, I'm down for either version. There are few actors in Hollywood that make me smile wider than Nicolas Cage, and I've got a hunch that this film is going to continue that happy tradition.
What do you think of the premise behind "The Hungry Rabbit Jumps"? Do you think it would play better as a serious movie or hammed up? Let us know in the comments section!