Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Zach Galifianakis eyes "Funny Story"

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) – Zach Galifianakis, a co-star of the summer smash "The Hangover," is in negotiations to join Emma Roberts in "It's Kind of a Funny Story," a coming-of-age comedy-drama from the duo behind "Half Nelson."

The picture, based on Ned Vizzini's young-adult novel, tells of a teenage boy who, after a bout of depression, is sent to a mental institution, where he ends up in the adult ward and meets a number of offbeat adults as well as a quirky teenage girl.

The independently financed Focus Features project comes from writer-directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden. A shoot date this year is planned.

Galifianakis would play one of the main adult roles, while Roberts -- who is also in talks -- would star as the teenage love interest.

Galifianakis' stock shot up in Hollywood after his turn as a zoned-out, baby-carrying stoner in Todd Phillips' summer blockbuster "The Hangover." He has taken on roles in a number of comedies, but "Story" would represent a meatier part with dramatic elements.

Galifianakis also is set for two comedic tentpoles for Warners -- the buddy road-comedy "Due Date," which has wrapped production, and "Hangover 2," which is set to shoot next year.

Fleck and Boden are coming off two critical darlings -- their Oscar-nominated "Half Nelson" and the immigrant-baseball drama "Sugar."

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