Anna Kendrick & Blake Lively Set To Star In Paul Feig’s ‘A Simple Favor’ | Film News
Maybe Paul Feig took Dan Aykroyd‘s Ghostbusters criticisms to heart, as he’s stepping away from comedy and directing a thriller titled A Simple Favor. Not only that, but Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are in talks to star in the film.
The film will be based on the novel of the same name by Darcey Bell, which revolves around a single mother whose life is turned upside down when her best friend mysteriously disappears. As Hollywood is no stranger to jumping on the bandwagon, the novel is said to be in a similar vein to Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train, two popular novels which led to successful films.
Jessica Sharzer (American Horror Story) will be penning the script and if Lively and Kendrick sign on, production is set to begin in August. However, this would reportedly clash with Late Night, a comedy set to star Mindy Kaling and expected to be directed by Feig, though it’s now being reported that Nisha Gantara (The Mindy Project) may be the frontrunner to replace Feig in the directors chair.
It’s always intriguing to see directors step out of their comfort zone, and if this project comes together it’ll be interesting to see what Feig can do with solid source material and two talented lead actresses. Will A Simple Favor be more like the darkly satirical, unforgettable Gone Girl? Or a poor imitation like The Girl On The Train?