I'm all for documentary filmmakers making the occasional fiction film, particularly if it helps them fund another non-fiction film later on. But why must so many of the fiction films documentarians choose to make be trashy romantic comedies and teen dramas? Case in point: according to Variety, R.J. Cutler is set to direct an adaptation of Melissa de la Cruz's sex-filled Hamptons-set young adult novel The Au Pairs. A few reviews I've seen of the 2004 publication, which spawned a few sequels (Skinny Dipping, Sun Kissed and Crazy Hot) recommended it for fans of Gossip Girl.

Cutler is best known recently for his Oscar-shortlisted doc The September Issue, which takes a behind the scenes look at the production of every mailman's least favorite issue of Vogue magazine and its powerful editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour. Previously he directed the Oliver North campaign doc A Perfect Candidate. Other films Cutler has been involved with include D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus' political documentary classic The War Room and Lauren Greenfield's acclaimed film about anorexia, Thin. He also produces relatively serious reality series, such as Morgan Spurlock's 30 Days.
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