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2 items from 2006


Reitman, Wilson say 'Bonzai'

20 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Rainn Wilson and Jason Reitman are donning their ninja suits for Bonzai Shadowhands.

Fox Searchlight has picked up the dark comedy, which Wilson is now writing as a starring vehicle for himself and which Reitman will direct. Reitman and his Hard C partner Daniel Dubiecki will produce, and Wilson will serve as executive producer.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, it is known to be about a once-great ninja who is now living a life of mediocrity.

Wilson met Reitman when the former was in Vancouver working on My Super Ex-Girlfriend, which was being directed by Reitman's father, Ivan.

"I was in a Starbucks, and a young fellow walked in and he said to me, 'Hi, you don't know me, but my name is Jason Reitman, and I'm Ivan's son. I want to do a movie with you, and would you play a ninja?' " Wilson recalled. "I felt like I was discovered at Schwab's."

The two spent the next several months honing the pitch before taking it to Fox Searchlight, where Reitman's Hard C shingle is based. »

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'Mimzy' adults: Wilson, Richardson

17 February 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Rainn Wilson has been cast in Mimzy, a family feature that New Line Cinema co-CEO Bob Shaye is directing for the studio. Joely Richardson also is joining the cast. Mimzy tells the story of two siblings who, after discovering a box of toys sent from the future, begin developing some remarkable talents -- terrifying and wonderful. As their parents and teacher notice the kids' changed behavior, they all find themselves drawn into a unique world. Wilson will play a science teacher, and Richardson is the siblings' mom. A late March start date in Vancouver is being eyed. »

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