May 2, 2006
Jack Black hits “Rewind” for comedy
By Gregg Goldstein
NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Jack Black is set to star
in the eccentric comedy "Be Kind Rewind," playing a junkyard
worker whose brain is magnetized, destroying every tape in his
friend's video store and forcing the pair to remake the lost
Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind")
will direct the film, which begins a two-month shoot September
6 in New York. It is budgeted under-$20 million.
In the film, Black plays Jerry, a man whose headaches lead
him to believe his brain is melting. His brain is magnetized,
leading to the unintentional destruction of movies in his
friend's store. In order to keep the store's one loyal
customer, an elderly lady with signs of dementia, the pair
re-creates a long line of films including "The Lion King,"
"Rush Hour," "Back to the Future" and "Robocop."
Producer Georges Bermann said Gondry wrote a draft in three
weeks. Gondry's most recent film was "Dave Chappelle's Block
Party." No domestic or international distribution deals have
been lined up for the film.
Black returns to theaters June 16 in the Paramount comedy