Here are the first photos of Jack Black in Richard Linklater's Bernie, which is set to premiere at the LA Film Fest this year. The film new has Black playing a small-town mortician who befriends an old woman played by Shirley MacLaine. Linklater has reportedly called the film his own Fargo, which is a bold statment. I love Linklater, so I am hoping that the his teaming with Black turns out to be great.
Linklater started writing the script a decade ago. The film was inspired by this Texas Monthly article. The cast also includes Matthew McConaughey and Rip Torn. Here is what Linklater had to say about project:
[And it's] set in a little town of Huntsville, East Texas, kind of a little black comedy. It’s my ‘Fargo’ in East Texas, where I group up, so it’s crazy local with fifty characters. It’s about a funeral home assistant who befriends this old lady. It’s kind of a true crime story.
This movie has got to be better than Gulliver's Travels. I am interested in seeing this film, how about you?