It looks like Philip Seymour Hoffman enjoyed playing a master so much, he's decided to be the master of an entire film! (Gotta love those terrible The Master references and jokes, right? They're undoubtedly here for awhile, thanks to awards season.) Indeed, Hoffman is making his way to the director's chair for the second time explains Variety, taking on a script written by Keith Bunin called Ezekiel Moss. Hoffman's directorial debut was made in 2010 with the romantic dramedy he also starred in, Jack Goes Boating.
The script for Ezekiel Moss is notable in that it appeared on 2011's Black List. For those unaware, the Black List is a prestigious list of Hollywood's most well-liked yet unproduced screenplays that is published annually.
The story centers on a mysterious drifter with the supernatural power of being able to chat up the dead. After arriving in small-town Nebraska, things take a creepy turn for a widow and her inquisitive young son.
Producer Cathy Schulman of Mandalay Pictures explained the choice thusly: "Hoffman is one of the great talents of our generation. We are thrilled to be in his capable hands directing this captivating and gothic exploration of faith and the supernatural."
Do you think Hoffman will do a good job tackling a Depression-era supernatural drama? Or do you prefer him in front of the camera? Let us know in the comments!
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Keith Bunin, known for his work on U.S. TV drama In Treatment, has been commissioned to write the screenplay, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Dr. Seuss, real name Theodor Geisel, is most famous for crafting political cartoons and penning books such as The Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
He lost his battle with throat cancer in 1991.