If you ask me, the only good thing to come out of Thomas McCarthy's The Station Agent was Peter Dinklage's genuine (yet often boring) performance in the lead role. Other than that, well, I only watched the film once ... if you get my drift. However, a lot of people thoroughly enjoyed the flick and I figured it was only a matter of time before McCarthy, an actor-turned-writer/director, would shell another film.
Well folks, that day has finally come: Variety reports McCarthy has just signed a deal to write and direct The Visitor for Groundswell Prods. and Participant Prods., marking his (highly anticipated?) sophomore effort. The dramedy is said to revolve around a widower/economics professor whose "world is turned upside down when he meets two illegal immigrants, one of whom he befriends and tries to help when discovered by U.S. immigration authorities." While McCarthy has consistently found work as an actor before and after The Station Agent, he's been itching to jump back behind the scenes for awhile now. Here's hoping McCarthy's latest tale of unusual friendships (which starts shooting next month in Gotham) manages to keep me from catching up on some much-needed sleep.