If someone had told me that I would write two posts in one week about Rob Reiner, I would assume that I had stumbled into a time machine that had transported me back to 1975, where I would have more important questions like, “What is a blog?” and “Where’s the Internet?”
However, no time machine is in sight so instead I must assume that Hollywood is in a Rob Reiner kind of mood. After hearing earlier this week that Reiner had surprisingly taken a role in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” we now hear something that is less of a surprise on its own but combined with the earlier news adds up to a weird spike in Reiner news. The less surprising news comes from The Hollywood Reporter , which says Reiner has agreed to direct “You Belong to Me,” a thriller written by David Murray.
The script is described as a “Cape Fear” like story, centering on a psychiatrist who does the one thing you are never supposed to do with your patients: talk about yourself.
This is Reiner’s first stab at a thriller since the well-regarded “Misery” in 1990. He says he hadn’t been back to the genre since because it’s hard to find stories that hadn’t been told before. Until this one, apparently:
“They are hard to make well, but this one has a deep psychological bent to it and a big twist in the end that I didn’t see coming,” he says. “That’s why I decided to take a whack at this one.”
Oh, right, the twist. Hopefully we’re not in M. Night Shyamalan territory.
Shooting is expected to begin in the fall, with a casting search on now for the four leads: the psychiatrist, his wife, their daughter and the patient’s brother. I would also assume there’s the role of the patient…?
Reiner’s latest directorial effort, “The Magic of Belle Island” with Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen, will be in theaters on July 6th.