John Cusack to Star in DICTABLANDA

John Cusack to Star in DICTABLANDA

by Brendan Bettinger    Posted:March 7th, 2011 at 10:07 pm


John Cusack has signed on to star in the screwball comedy Dictablanda (translated “Soft Dictator”). Cusack co-wrote the script with Kevin Morris and co-star Paul Hipp (Terriers); Cusack and Morris will produce along with Pablo Bossi of Pampa Films. Plot details are vague other than the promise of “international mayhem,” yet the film already has a baffling tagline: “People don’t die, they get killed.” Variety reports that Dictablanda is filming on location in Argentina over the next two months under the direction of Alejandro Agresti (The Lake House).

Cusack recently finished shooting his portrayal of Edgar Allan Poe in the thriller The Raven. The actor has two other films in the can with no set release date in sight: the period piece Shanghai and the crime drama The Factory.

John Cusack To Star In Screwball Comedy Dictablanda
published: 2011-03-07 22:09:34 Author: Eric Eisenberg
John Cusack doesn't always make the greatest movies in the world, but the guy is so incredibly likable that it's even easy to sit through some of the worse ones (*cough*2012*cough*) . That in mind, when Cusack gets something great to work with - like Grosse Pointe Blank or High Fidelity - it becomes something truly special. Dictablanda sounds like it could fall into the latter category.

Variety has learned that Cusack has signed on to star in the aforementioned film (which translates from Spanish into "Soft Dictator") that is described as "a screwball comedy of errors." Directed by Alejandro Agresti and based on a script by Agresti, Cusack, Kevin Morris and Paul Hipp, the actor plays a man caught up in an international situation. Hipp, who previously starred with Cusack in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil will co-star. Sold with the tagline "People don't die, they get killed" the film is set to go into production later this month in Argentina.

I truly love a well-made screwball comedy, and I must say that Cusack getting a co-writing credit instills great hope (he co-wrote both classic Cusack films that I mentioned above). Let's hope this is one to look out for come next year.

John Cusack Set to Star in Dictablanda
John Cusack has signed on to star in Dictablanda ("Soft Dictator"), a screwball comedy that the actor also co-wrote.

According to Variety, Pablo Bossi's Pampa Films is producing the film, directed by Alejandro Agresti from a script co-written with John Cusack, Kevin Morris and Paul Hipp, who also co-stars.

The film, which has the tagline "People don't die, they get killed," is currently filming on location in Buenos Aires and Mar de Ajo, Argentina throughout March and April.

Sources: Variety

John Cusack Leads Dictablanda
Source: Variety March 7, 2011

John Cusack has been announced as the lead of Dictablanda, a comedy from The Lake House director Alejandro Agresti, Variety reports.

Cusack was involved with co-writing the script, alongside Agresti, Kevin Morris and Paul Hipp (who will also appear).

The title is a political term used to describe dictatorships with a high regard for civil liberties and is described as being a "screwball comedy of manners."

Production on Dictablanda is set to begin immediately, shooting this month and the next in Buenos Aires and Mar de Ajo, Argentina.

Read more: John Cusack Leads Dictablanda - ComingSoon.net http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=75019

John Cusack to play comedy dictator
Tuesday, March 8 2011, 12:04 GMT
By Zakia Uddin, Bollywood Reporter
John Cusack is to take on the role of a "soft" dictator for a new screwball comedy titled Dictablanda.

The actor will also be producing and co-writing the venture himself, says Variety.

According to the report, the film's tagline will be: "People don't die, they get killed."

It is to be helmed by the director of The Lake House and will be shot in Brazil and Argentina.

Cusack's previous comedies have included Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity, both of which were co-written by him.


Shanghai(2009) (pre-production) (in negotiations)
The Factory (2009) (filming)
Igor (2008) (post-production) (voice) .... Igor
Summerhood (2008) (post-production)
(uncredited) .... Narrator
War, Inc. (2008) (completed) .... Brand Hauser
Martian Child (2007) .... David
1408 (2007) .... Mike Enslin
Grace Is Gone (2007) .... Stanley Philipps
The Contract (2006/I) .... Ray Keene
The Ice Harvest: Alternate Endings (2006) (V) .... Charlie
The Ice Harvest (2005) .... Charlie
Must Love Dogs (2005) .... Jake
Runaway Jury (2003) .... Nicholas Easter
Identity (2003) .... Ed
Max (2002/I) .... Max Rothman
Serendipity (2001) .... Jonathan Trager
America's Sweethearts (2001) .... Eddie Thomas
High Fidelity(2000) .... Rob Gordon
Being John Malkovich (1999) .... Craig Schwartz
Cradle Will Rock (1999) .... Nelson Rockefeller
Pushing Tin (1999) .... Nick Falzone
The Jack Bull (1999) (TV) .... Myrl Redding
The Thin Red Line (1998) .... Capt. Gaff
This Is My Father (1998/I) .... Eddie Sharp, the Pilot
Chicago Cab (1998) .... Scary Man
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) .... John Kelso
Anastasia (1997) (voice) .... Dimitri
Con Air (1997) .... U.S. Marshal Vince Larkin
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) .... Martin Q. Blank
"Frasier" .... Greg (1 episode, 1996)
- Our Father Whose Art Ain't Heaven (1996) TV episode (voice) .... Greg
City Hall (1996) .... Deputy Mayor Kevin Calhoun
The Road to Wellville (1994) .... Charles Ossining
Bullets Over Broadway (1994) .... David Shayne
Floundering (1994) .... JC
Money for Nothing (1993) .... Joey Coyle
Map of the Human Heart(1993) .... The Mapmaker
Bob Roberts (1992) .... Cutting Edge Host
Roadside Prophets (1992) (as John Cusak) .... Casper
Shadows and Fog(1992) .... Student Jack
True Colors(1991) .... Peter Burton
The Grifters(1990) .... Roy Dillon
Fat Man and Little Boy (1989) .... Michael Merriman
Say Anything... (1989) .... Lloyd Dobler
Elvis Stories (1989) .... Corky
Tapeheads (1988) .... Ivan Alexeev
Eight Men Out (1988) .... George 'Buck' Weaver
Broadcast News (1987) (as John Cusak) .... Angry Messenger
Hot Pursuit (1987) .... Dan Bartlett
One Crazy Summer (1986) .... Hoops McCann
Stand by Me (1986) .... Denny Lachance
The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) .... Harry
Better Off Dead... (1985) .... Lane Meyer
The Sure Thing (1985) .... Walter (Gib) Gibson
Grandview, U.S.A. (1984) .... Johnny Maine
Sixteen Candles (1984) .... Bryce
Class(1983) .... Roscoe Maibaum