What's with all these "club" pics lately? First, it was announced that a ton of folks had signed on to star in The Jane Austen Book Club, based off the popular Joy Fowler novel, and now Julia Roberts has been brought onboard to topline The Friday Night Knitting Club. Unfortunately, neither film will follow in the footsteps of my favorite club-ish flick, Fight Club, however that doesn't mean they're bad movies, just different ... and with a lot less testosterone.
Based off Kate Jacob's upcoming novel, Knitting Club revolves around a single mother (Roberts) who finds it difficult to juggle all of life's responsibilities, which include providing for her teenage daughter and running her New York City-based knitting store. (By the way, these knitting stores are the hot new thing in NYC -- they're cropping up all over the place, and suddenly everyone who is anyone wants to learn how to knit. Um, except me. But that's a different story.) Of course, within this knitting store, a group of folks gather together on Friday nights to knit, and when tragedy strikes, "the customers realize they've created more than just a knitting club." Oohh, does it suddenly turn into a psychotic serial killers club? I highly doubt it (sorry Weinberg).
After taking some time off, Julia Roberts is attempting to revive her career on the big screen in a huge way, as she's currently filming Charlie Wilson's War (alongside folks like Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman), and just recently signed a deal to star in Eat, Pray, Love for Paramount. Oh, and she's also developing a feature film based on those adorable American Girl dolls. Does Roberts still have it in her to WOW us on screen? What do you think?