Aaron Eckhart and Neil LaBute reuniting for another story of devious assholes

Aaron Eckhart and Neil LaBute reuniting for another story of devious assholes

Last July, Aaron Eckhart stirred the hopes of devotees of pitch-black comedy and casual misogyny by suggesting that he could reunite with his In The Company Of Men director Neil LaBute for a sequel, providing an official continuation to the adventures that have thus far only been expounded on in fan-fiction forums and, of course, “filk” songs at annual conventions. Unfortunately, it seems as though Live At LaBute-oCon will still have to suffice for all your In The Company Of Men Saga needs, but Eckhart and LaBute are getting back together for a new film titled The Hope Of Geography, according to the L.A. Times.

Even better, it’s a project that’s vintage LaBute: Based on a script he wrote in the earliest days of his career, well before he became just the guy who did Lakeview Terrace and The Wicker Man, it’s said to have a similar thematic feel to Company in its 1970s-set story of two robbers who encounter a couple of American women while hiding out in Baja, then can’t decide whether to grift or romance them. Or grift-mance them. Adding to the good news, Eckhart will reportedly be joined by Ed Harris, who previously brought LaBute’s fractured male psyche to life in the one-man show Wrecks. All told, it has the potential to be one of the sharpest, saltiest movies LaBute has made in years. LaBute-heads should celebrate with someone they love, preferably by elucidating in stark detail all the ways that they are a failure and gleefully revealing that their relationship has been nothing but an elaborate prank.

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