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Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu turning to comedy with ‘Birdman’

By Daniel S Levine,

Acclaimed Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is known for serious dramas like Babel and 21 Grams, but he is taking a new turn with a comedy titled Birdman.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Birdman centers on an actor who was famous for playing a superhero on the big screen. But now he’s trying to return to glory with a Broadway show. Birdman will take place in just one location over three days as the main character juggles his family, career and sanity.

Inarritu wrote the script with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Inarritu hopes to get production started in March 2013. The director is also co-producing with Robert Graf, and John Leshe.

He is also working on The Revenant for New Regency. Leonardo DiCaprio has been considering taking on the lead role in that project, which could now be pushed back until Birdman is completed. According to Deadline, Sean Penn was also in talks for a role in the film.

Inarritu’s last film was 2010’s Biutiful with Javier Bardem, which earned the actor an Oscar nomination. In 2007, Inarritu earned two Oscar nominations for Babel, including Best Director and Best Picture. His first feature was the Oscar-nominated Amores Perros.

 
 

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