EXCLUSIVE: Missi Pyle (The Artist, Gone Girl) has boarded Director’s Cut, a dark satire with an unusual twist directed by Detroit Rock City‘s Adam Rifkin. Pyle will play herself opposite Penn Jillette (Tim’s Vermeer, The Aristocrats) in the Being John Malkovich-style tale about a psycho superfan (Jillette) who buys a walk-on role to Pyle’s latest movie via a crowdfunding site, then kidnaps her and forces her to re-shoot the film in his own dungeon studio.
The meta-levels don’t stop there. Director’s Cut is itself a successfully crowdfunded project that raised $1,164,928 last year from 4,736 donors on crowdsourcing platform FundMe. Neil Patrick Harris, Ben Stiller, Carrot Top, Dee Snider, Ron Jeremy, and Joan Rivers are some of the names that pitched in to lend their support to the crowdfunding campaign. Jillette, Rifkin, and Penn & Teller manager/producer Peter Adam Golden are producing the film which is now underway in L.A.
Jillette, one half of the Emmy and Writer’s Guild award-winning duo Penn & Teller, most recently co-wrote the Teller-helmed doc Tim’s Vermeer. He penned the twisty script for Director’s Cut, which will intercut scenes from the film-within-the-film, outtakes, clips from other movies, and Penn’s character’s “movie” while his “director’s commentary” plays throughout narrating the action. Pyle is coming off a run of film and TV projects including the upcoming Captain Fantastic with Viggo Mortensen and David Fincher’s Gillian Flynn adaptation Gone Girl. Rifkin has also been juggling a number of projects, including the upcomign Cinelicious Pics documentary Giuseppe Makes A Movie and Peeps, based on the Easter-themed candies.
“It’s an odd experience to help pick someone for me to stalk,” said Jillette. “We wanted someone who my character could be obsessed with, but it needed to be someone who had all the acting and comedy chops to pull off a role that has to be scary and funny — sometimes at the same time. Adam met Missi and hired her on the spot. That’s how perfect she is. Once I met her, I realized the choice really was that clear. Missi makes the acting obsessed part of my job wicked easy.”
Rifkin is repped by UTA and Generate. Missi Pyle is repped by UTA, McKeon, Myones Entertainment, Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson & Binder. Penn Jillette is repped by Peter A. Golden of GOLDEN Entertainment West/117 Productions.