Good news/Bad news here, seems like Jonah Hill is not quite ready to jump into the deep end of the directing pool just yet. While the comedian has made huge leaps forward in his career recently, producing, co-writing, and co-starring in 21 Jump Street as well as earning his first Oscar nomination for his performance in Moneyball, Jonah’s apparently not going to be helming a project himself any time soon, as he has stepped aside and been replaced as the director on The Kitchen Sink.
It is now being reported by Deadline that filmmaker Robbie Pickering will be directing the project instead. Based on a script by Oren Uziel, which made the 2010 Black List (a list of the most popular unproduced screenplays in Hollywood in any given year), the movie is about a teenage vampire, zombie and human who have to work together in order to stop an alien invasion.
Pickering’s first film, Natural Selection, which he both wrote and directed, premiered at SXSW last year where it earned a number of prizes, including the Audience Award, Grand Jury – Best Narrative Feature, and Best Screenplay. Most recently Pickering nabbed a Best First Feature nomination at the Independent Spirit Awards.
If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard much about Natural Selection, it’s because despite the fact that it was picked up for distribution by The Cinema Guild, the movie hasn’t been given a release date yet. Hopefully that will change soon and we can learn what we can expect from The Kitchen Sink.