Between the two of them, they’ve directed everyone from Billy Bob Thornton to James Bond to Cyndi Lauper to Big Bird. And now each of them has a new film in the works.
Marc Forester is set to helm the Disney film, IMAGINING NATHAN. The way TheWrap describes it, this one may be a bit darker than your typical family film. It begins with a six-year old named Nathan who escapes into a cartoon-like world of his own imagining, as a way of coping with the sudden death of his parents. Thirty years later, Nathan still exists in this world and his sister tries to break him free. From the sounds of things, it will blend live-action with animation. Sounds good.
Forster’s previous credits include MONSTER’S BALL, FINDING NEVERLAND, QUANTUM OF SOLACE and THE KITE RUNNER. He is currently working on WORLD WAR Z, based on the novel by Max Brooks.
Ken Kwapis has been on the radar for a while. All kidding aside, his filmography is eclectic to say the least. He directed Austin Kennedy-fave SESAME STREET PRESENTS: FOLLOW THAT BIRD in 1985 and VIBES starring Cyndi Lauper and Jeff Goldblum in 1988. But despite racking up numerous film and television credits since then, he’s had the most success in the last ten years or so, directing THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS and HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU. He directed BIG MIRACLE earlier this year.
Kwapis has secured another directing gig of late, the psychological thriller, THE CARE AND FEEDING OF EXOTIC PETS. According to Deadline, it involves the single mother of a teenage daughter who is kidnapped. The woman is kept in a tropically heated facility which also houses the kdinapper’s seven foot iguana. The film is based on the novel by Diana Wagman, which should be published in November. Regardless of its insidious double meaning, they may want to think about changing that title, unless the novel is a smash.
Kwapis also produces through his In Cahoots company, which is set up with Alexandra Beattie. In Cahoots also has a number of television projects in the works as well as the feature ALIVE AND WELL, which Kwapis will also direct.