Best known for his roles in Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan, Barcelona, and Last Days of Disco as well as Noah Buambach’s post-collegiate classic Kicking and Screaming, accidentally hilarious actor Chris Eigeman has gone behind the camera in recent years. In 2007 he penned and directed the Famke Janssen pool shark drama, Turn the River, which I think I may have been the only person who saw that—and that’s only because Eigeman came to my college class to discuss it. However, it would a good directorial debut and showed that he did have the chops in him to make something great.
But now, Screen Daily reports that Eigeman’s next feature Midnight Sun will star Jesse Eisenberg, Emilie Hirsch, and Diane Kruger. The 1940s-set drama takes place during the creation of the A-bomb, following young post-grads whom in 19943, are recruited by the government to work on a secret project. Richard Rhodes who won the Pulitzer Prize for his book The Making of the Atomic Bomb will actually be consulting on the project as well.
Well, sign me up. I must admit, the premise does sound pretty great and eternal post-grad Jesse Eisenberg seems suited for a film like this and it’s hard for Emile Hirsch and Kruger to go wrong. The project is being sold at the European Film Market this week with principal photography set begin this summer. Let’s hold our for a 2014 release, please.