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In John Cusack's next movie, "people don't die, they get killed"



John Cusack in Grosse Pointe BlankForget for a moment about Lloyd Dobler's missing boom boxJohn Cusack has a new film project in his eyes. Variety reports that our '80s hero is set to star in Dictablanda (roughly translated as "Soft Dictator"), a "screwball comedy of manners which finds the thesp embroiled in international mayhem."

Cusack is co-writing and producing the movie through his New Crimes Productions company. The film offers the unusual tagline: "People don't die, they get killed." Production is set to begin any day in Buenos Aires and Mar de Ajo, Argentina.

With three films in the can already (The Raven, The Factory and Shanghai), fans can now begin to wonder what type of movie Dictablanda will be. Lately, Cusack movies fall into one of three categories: 

PAYCHECK FLICKS: Think 2012 and Must Love Dogs, two movies that were improved greatly by Cusack's participation but still were pure popcorn cinema. (America's Sweethearts? Nobody could have helped that one.) Hey, we all have to pay the bills. Box seats to the Chicago Cubs don't come cheap.

PET PROJECTS: The regretfully ignored Grace is Gone, Martian Child and the exceptionally good Max -- they all fit into Cusack's game plan of doing the movies he feels strongly about in between blockbusters.

SCREWBALL CINEMA: Hot Tub Time Machine, Being John Malkovich, Grosse Pointe Blank, Better Off Dead. You know, the movies that most of us '80s fans love dearly.

Only a few movies, like High Fidelity, manage to combine elements of all three categories.

Sounds to me like Dictablanda could be a combination of pet project and screwball cinema. Not a bad plan at all.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 8:55am]


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