I had no idea Edward Burns was making another movie until I came across this trailer for a film he directed called Nice Guy Johnny. This movie actually looks like it will end up being a beautiful film. The movie stars Matt Bush (Adventureland) and Kerry Bishé (Scrubs). I've always enjoyed the films Ed Burns has made in his career, and Nice Guy Johnny looks like it's going to be really good.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Sure, she can be a little overbearing sometimes, but baby-faced Johnny Rizzo loves his fiancee Claire, and he made her a promise: by the time he’s 25-years-old, he’ll trade his current dream job as a local sports talk radio host (even if it is the 2 a.m. slot) for something that’ll pay bigger bucks. And Johnny’s nothing, if not a man of his word. Now he’s flying to New York to interview for some snoozeville job that Claire’s well-to-do father set up. Enter Uncle Terry, who lives in New York, a rascally womanizer bent on turning a day in the Hamptons into a final fling for his nephew. Nice guy Johnny’s not interested, of course, but then he meets the lovely Brooke…
In an interview at the Tribeca Film Festival Burn's explained how he ended up making the movie.
This is a movie about the cost of being asked to give up your dream. Two years ago, I walked out of a meeting with my agents who strongly encouraged me to put myself up as a director for hire. While there’s nothing wrong with that, I didn’t spend my entire adult life fighting to become a filmmaker with a personal voice to abandon that for what might be higher paying but less rewarding work. I walked out of the meeting and thought, “I need to write a script about how tough it is to make that choice.
The movie is set to be released on October 26th. Burns previously directed Ash Wednesday, The Brother McMullen, Sidewalks of New York and a few others. Watch the trailer for the film below and let us know what you think!