Jack Black kind of looks homeless, so it’s not really surprising that in his next project he’ll star as, well, an almost-homeless dude. According to Variety, the comedian has signed on for Bailout, a picture based on Jess Walter’s novel The Financial Lives of the Poets which follows a jobless man, overwhelmed with debt and weeks away from losing his home. Then, he meets a couple of guys in a supermarket (always the best place for financial meetings) and they offer him a “bizarre” business opportunity that may change his life.
The picture will be directed by Michael Winterbottom and although Bailout, at least from the synopsis, sounds kind of sad and dramatic, we’re pretty sure that with Black involved the film will have lighter moments. But that doesn’t mean the dude can’t give a great performance as well (see: High Fidelity). Plus, Winterbottom is the same guy who gave us 24 Hour Party People, a tremendous dramedy from the early aughts that starred Steve Coogan — a comedic actor similar to Jack Black in that, in the right context, his style is very successful. But when he misses, he really, really misses. So although the Black/Winterbottom combination seems a little odd, it might just be odd enough to work.