Squid shoots in Brooklyn

On the way to work this morning, I saw No Parking signs up along Seventh Ave. in Park Slope. The signs indicated that a production called “Squid + Whale” would be filming, tying up several blocks.

Back Stage West reports (scroll way down):

Beginning July 12 and spooling through mid-August is The Squid and the Whale. Set in Park Slope, Brooklyn in 1986, the film focuses on a writer who’s going through a divorce.

The film, written and directed by Noah Baumbach and produced by Wes Anderson, stars Jeff Daniels as the writer, Laura Linney as his wife, and Jesse Eisenburg and Owen Kline as their sons. (Earlier reports had the Daniels role going to Bill Murray; Owen Kline is the son of Phoebe Cates and IU-grad Kevin Kline.)

IMDB offers this plot description:

The patriarch (Jeff Daniels) of an eccentric Brooklyn family claims to once have been a great novelist, but he has settled into a teaching job. When his wife (Laura Linney) discovers a writing talent of her own, jealousy divides the family, leaving two teenage sons to forge new relationships with their parents. Linney’s character begins dating her younger son’s tennis coach. Meanwhile, Daniels’ character has an affair with the student his older son is pursuing.

Whereas this synopsis focuses on the parents, reports on other sites (Film Jerk, for example) seem to indicate that the film centers on the sons, Walt and Frank, and their friends.

More as I hear it.


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