What a weird combination the news has cooked up for today. More than half a decade ago, "Crash" scribe Paul Haggis penned a script for a film called "Honeymoon With Harry." Nothing ever came of it, despite the wave of praise that followed in its wake.
Fast forward to now. Deadline reports that "Silence of the Lambs" director Jonathan Demme is now "circling" the directing gig just two weeks after stars Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper read for the lead roles. Deadline describes the story as a "James Brooks-style look at two characters who loathe one another but are stuck together at a time when each is in desperate shape."
It actually sounds rather... depressing. Cooper would play a a formerly hard-drinking pick-up artist who has met the perfect girl and changed his ways. De Niro would play that girl's father, who recognizes the bad traits of his new son-in-law-to-be and attempts to break up the union. Here's where it gets funky: the girl dies tragically and Cooper heads off on their planned honeymoon trip to booze up his sorrows. There he runs into De Niro, who is their to fulfill his daughter's wishes and spread her ashes on her favorite beach.
Dark, right? I like it though. De Niro is a powerful actor in any setting and Cooper could use a role like this to prove that he's more than just a pretty Face.