First came Daniel Waters with the cult classic, Heathers. Then, brother Mark Waters followed suit with his own cult take -- The House of Yes. In the ten years since the dysfunctional, Kennedy-obsessed family hit the screen, he's only helmed four other films. Now, however, he's doubling that number. Three have already been announced, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and Will Sebastian. For the fourth, The Hollywood Reporter has announced that he'll direct Joshua Ferris' comedic drama, Seven Days.

The premise is sounding pretty interesting. The film will focus on "seven pivotal days in a man's life during the course of 20 years, with each segment of the film beginning as he wakes up that day." Ferris has been developing the project for a while (pre-strike, of course), and says: "I can't remember large periods of my life that well, but certain days stick in my mind, for good reasons and bad. At the end, hopefully it will be a portrait of a life as its lived." Which days will end up as the magical seven remains to be seen. Unfortunately, Ferris didn't finish the script before the strike, and is waiting for it to end so that he can finish it up and finalize which days pop up in the final version. (Fodder for DVD extras? False scenes to throw off rumors?)

I imagine Waters could make a pretty good flick from this, especially if it has some of the spark and spunk that helped get him to where he is today. As for Ferris, he's really interested in the whole process of looking back on life. He's also got another script in need a producer, called The Life and Death of Jimmy Katz, which focuses on a murderer-for-hire's real life, the fantasy life he could have lived if he chose a different path, and his time in purgatory to make up for it. In the meantime, it's almost Thanksgiving, so it's time to baste the turkey, hide the kitchen knives, and put in The House of Yes.
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