Monday, April 22, 2024

Rob Reiner Will Reunite with “American President” Star Michael Douglas in Close-to-Real-Life Comedy


Exclusive: PJ Hogan is out, and Rob Reiner is in. Reiner is now the director of “And So It Goes,” starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. For Douglas, the story is a little true-to-life: the character’s son goes to jail. The twist is that he leaves Michael and Diane with a black granddaughter they didn’t know about. Reiner’s Castle Rock was always the producer, but Hogan was long attached to direct the comedy.

It’s a toss up to say which of them, Reiner or Hogan, has had a recent hit. Each of them has been stale for some time. Hogan’s hits were in the 90s–“My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “Muriel’s Weddding.” Reiner sued to be Mr. Smart and Funny. Think of “Spinal Tap,” “Stand by Me,” etc. Somewhere in the late 90s he lost it completely. He’s produced a string of awful films starting with “The Ghosts of Mississippi” and “The Story of Us.” His last two films, “Magic of Belle Isle”and “Flipped” were barely released and made no money at all– $102,000 and $1.7 million respectively. And the first one starred Morgan Freeman.

“And So it Goes” reunites Reiner with Douglas. They made a great movie together with “The American President” twenty years ago. Here’s hoping lightning strikes twice.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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