Friday, June 14, 2024

Michael Shannon, On Oscar Track for “99 Homes,” Has New Indie Film


Seems like when you’re hot, you’re hot. Michael Shannon, on an Oscar track for his supporting role in “99 Homes,” has a new indie film.

“Pottersville” sounds like the anti-sequel to “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Alas, it’s an original film directed Seth Henrikson, produced by Scott Lochmus, Ron Perlman, Josh Crook, and Jonathan Gray.

Shannon plays a man named Maynard who gets swept up in a sighting of Bigfoot, according to sources. Believe it or not there is regular discussion of Bigfoot and Sasquatch on over night radio shows like George Noory’s “Coast to Coast.” (There’s also discussion of alien abductions.)

Shannon has been getting critics award attention for his role in “99 Homes” and may score a Critics Choice nomination. He’s got 7 or 8 indies coming in 2016, supplementing them by playing General Zod in the Superman movies like “Man of Steel” and the upcoming “Batman v. Superman.” He wrapped a legit run last night in “Pilgrim’s Progress,” a stage production at his Chicago Red Orchid Theater.

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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