To anyone familiar with the works of director Lee Daniels -- whose previous films include the Oscar-winning "Precious" and its follow-up, the pulpy B-movie "The Paperboy" -- the success of "The Butler" was sort of surprising, especially given how far removed it was from his outrageous earlier work. Well, following that movie's blockbuster $100 million-grossing run, Daniels will once again be back in the controversial saddle.
While speaking with Out Magazine, Daniels said that his next film will feature a gay action hero, played by Alex Pettyfer. Daniels describes the movie as "a gay 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith,'" which makes us wonder why he didn't just make a "Mr. and Mr. Smith" joke, although he does go ahead and spoil the ending, "we don't find out they're gay until the end of the movie."
Daniels seems very aware of his new position as one of Hollywood's power players and wants to use it for a project personal and fresh. "I don't think I'm going to have a problem now. I made a $100 million for 'The Butler.' I'm in a rare group. So this is something I feel good about." Oh and the gay action heroes are interracial, to boot! "I have to find the right black guy opposite him," Daniels told the magazine.
Quite frankly, Daniels as a filmmaker isn't always the best ("The Paperboy" is borderline unwatchable), but I applaud his attempt to expand the parameters of the typical action movie, a genre that isn't exactly known for its diversity. I say make it happen (and see if Michael B. Jordan is available please)!
[via Out Magazine h/t Film Stage]