Dayton and Farris Have "Will"

Rudd and Galifianakis will star for "Little Miss Sunshine" alums


“Daily Variety” reports that Jonathan Dayton ’80 and Valerie Faris ’80, alum directors of 2007 Best Picture Oscar nominee “Little Miss Sunshine,” have signed to direct “Will,” a comic fantasy for Paramount starring Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis.

The story centers on an ordinary guy (Rudd) who lives in a world where people’s lives and destinies are being written by scribes in Heaven. The man wakes up one day to find that his heavenly writer (Galifianakis) has decided to no longer draft his life, and he must go about his day unscripted.

“Little Miss Sunshine” logged four 2007 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and won two: Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Michael Arndt) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Alan Arkin).

Dayton and Faris were honored as Filmmakers of the Year during Directors Spotlight at TFT’s year-end celebration “UCLA Festival 2007: New Creative Work.”