Jack Black to Join Shirley MacLaine in ‘Wild Oats’

Jacki Weaver and Alan Arkin co-star in film about two senior citizens on the lam

Jack Black must have really enjoyed working with Shirley MacLaine on the recent indie comedy "Bernie," because he's already planning a cinematic reunion with his brassy co-star. 

The "School of Rock" funnyman is in talks to join MacLaine in "Wild Oats" for director Howard Deutch ("Pretty in Pink").

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The film's cast also includes Jacki Weaver, who earned in Oscar nomination for her villainous turn in "Animal Kingdom," and Academy Award winner Alan Arkin ("Little Miss Sunshine"). 

"Wild Oats" is billed as a cross between "Sideways" and "Thelma and Louise." In the film, two senior citizens (MacLaine and Weaver) take off for Las Vegas after an accounting error gives them a $1 million social security windfall. The good times are cut short, however, and they soon find themselves as fugitives from justice.  

London and LA-based Stealth Media Group (SMG) is backing the comedy. Gary Kanew and Claudia Myers wrote the script, which will be produced by Blythe Frank, Agathe David-Weill and Alexander Tabrizi, with Michael Mailer executive producing.

 

 

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