BJ Novak, ready to fight the Nazis with a freshly sharpened pencil.
BJ Novak might be going from office politics to World War II combat, from Dunder Mifflin to Vichy France. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Office actor and writer is supposedly in talks to join Quentin Tarantino’s remake-reimagining-reboot of The Inglorious Bastards.
(I use all the variety of “re”s on that because it seems like from everything I’ve read, Tarantino’s script bears almost no resemblance to the original. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, just that it sounds different enough that “remake” might be kind of a misnomer. BTW, if you’re looking for info on the original, there was a good NYTimes article about it relating to the brand new DVD release.)
Novak would play PFC Utivich, “a soldier of slight build who comes from New York.” This is a pretty standard issue World War II movie character. I’m assuming, though, that Tarantino’s point is that all the characters are going to be stock WW II types (yeah, I know the script is out there…but I have work, you know. I’ll get to it.).
The movie is set for an autumn shoot, with the hope of having it ready for an appearance at Cannes next year. No word on when a theatrical release will follow. Brad Pitt is in line to play the leader of the band of soldiers. Eli Roth, best known as writer and director of the Hostel movies, is supposed to be up for a small part.