Keanu Reeves and Isla Fisher in Talks to Join a Dramedy Called THE STARLING
Hot off the success of John Wick: Chapter 2, Keanu Reeves is in talks to join a new film project that doesn't involve blowing people away with guns. Instead, he will be comedically dealing with the death of a child. Yeah, I know it doesn't sound like it should be funny, but he becomes very annoyed with a bird in the process as he builds a garden for his wife. Isla Fisher (Now You See Me) is in negotiations to play his wife in the film.
Apparently, the script for this film is supposed to be incredible. It was written by Matt Harris, and it was once on the Black List of best unproduced scripts. The theme of the story is how love can carry you through grief. This is the synopsis:
A married couple lose a child and the wife goes into a recovery place to help her with overwhelming grief, leaving the husband at home alone. To help aid in her recovery, the husband decides to build a beautiful garden for his wife in their backyard, but as he does he is tormented by an aggressive, black starling. At his wits end with the relentless nature of the bird, he goes to see a veterinarian to find out if there is a humane way to get rid of it. The vet, the husband finds out, used to be a psychiatrist but gave it up to help animals instead. However, the quirky vet begins counseling the husband in a turn that neither of them really expected.
This sounds like it will be a heavy film with a little comedic quirkiness to it. It seems like it would be hard to find the humor in losing a child. That's like my worst nightmare, but I guess it can be done.