Michael Paul Stephenson ("Best Worst Movie") will make his narrative directorial debut with the indie project
Magic Stone Productions and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment are teaming to produce Bob Odenkirk’s feature "Girlfriend's Day."
Odenkirk, who plays shady lawyer Saul Goodman on AMC's "Breaking Bad," wrote the script and will star in the film, which will serve as the narrative directorial debut of Michael Paul Stephenson ("Best Worst Movie").
In a city where greeting card writers are celebrated like stars, romance writer Ray (Odenkirk) used to be the king. In trying to recapture the feelings that once made him the greatest, he gets entangled in a web of murder and deceit as writers vie to create the perfect card for a new holiday: Girlfriend's Day.
“'Girlfriend's Day' is an offbeat comedy, but the characters are full of heart, searching for love and connection,” said Odenkirk. “Michael's documentaries feature the same kind of likable offbeat characters, and I can't wait to make this film.”
“After reading 'Girlfriend's Day' it felt like a discovery,” added Stephenson. “Long before 'Girlfriend's Day' even came into the picture, I had Bob's name down on a list of actors I'd hope to work with one day. I've been a fan of Bob's for a long time, and feel that his dramatic sensibilities as an actor have been largely untapped. 'Girlfriend's Day' is rooted in themes that I believe in, and I'm honored to collaborate with Bob in telling a story that's close to his heart.“
Stephenson and his wife Lindsay Stephenson will produce for Magic Stone along with Odenkirk and his producing partner Marc Provissiero. They're currently meeting with financiers in the hopes of starting production this fall in Los Angeles.
Odenkirk will next be seen on the big screen this November in Alexander Payne’s "Nebraska" and in James Ponsoldt's Sundance sensation "The Spectacular Now." He'll also return for the final season of "Breaking Bad," which debuts in August.
Odenkirk is repped by WME and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment, which also reps Stephenson.