People have been talking about Wordplay
Patrick Creadon's doc about Will Shortz, the editor of the infamous New York Times
crossword puzzle. Though
our own James
found it torture to sit
through – in no small part because, as he puts it, the film apparently "has all the gravitas of lint"
– audiences are responding well (overheard in a line: "It's good. It's Word Wars
, but it's not.
It's good."), and buyers are interested. According to indieWIRE
, reps from four distributors
(Picturehouse, Warner Independent, Fox Searchlight and Roadside Attractions) put in face time with the filmmakers
yesterday over bacon, eggs, and – what else? – the Sunday puzzle. The ink was reserved for the crossword,
however – Cinetic has yet to close a deal on the picture.