Indie darling Mark Duplass has signed on for his latest project. He will direct an adaptation of David Grossman‘s acclaimed novel A Horse Walks Into A Bar for Village Roadshow Pictures.
Set in Israel, the book revolves around a controversial comedian named Dovaleh Greenstein who invites an old friend, a retired judge named Avishai Lazar, to watch him perform stand-up at a local bar one night. The two men haven’t spoken in over 40 years, and as Greenstein confronts a personal crisis over the course of the two-hour performance, we learn of a series of candid and chilling revelations about his past.
A deeper story then begins to take shape that alters the lives of many of those in attendance. That’s a pretty fascinating set-up. Duplass called the novel “one of my favorite books of the last few years” and added that it was an honour to be getting to helm an adaptation.
Duplass should be a great fit here. He’s always been a eclectic filmmaker and actor, jumping from low-budget mumblecore, to thoughtful indies like Jeff, Who Lives At Home and Cyrus, to wacky sitcoms like The League, to horror roles such as Creep. He’s a chameleon who can adapt to anything, but this sort of intimate, human drama is exactly what he excels at.