Sundance Selects has acquired U .S. rights to Henry Barrial’s Uber-inspired “DriverX” starring Patrick Fabian (“Better Call Saul”) and Tanya Clarke (“Banshee”).
The movie stars Fabian as Leonard Moore, a 50-something stay-at-home dad in Los Angeles who is desperate to find a job and signs up to drive for the popular ride-share company DriverX, leading his marriage to fray at home. The film follows Leonard as he navigates L.A.’s late-night, Tinder-fueled party scene while adjusting to the new technology and the young millennials he drives around.
“The film was inspired by my own experiences as an Uber driver while waiting in vain for another movie to get green-lit,” said Barriel, who also wrote the script. “From the first moment where I was hired via text, without ever meeting or speaking to another human being, I felt something different was happening here that might be worth investigating in a film.”
“DriverX” also stars Des min Borges (“You’re the Worst”), Travis Schuldt, Melissa Fumero, Oscar Nunez, and Iqbal Theba. It was produced by Mark Stolaroff and executive produced by Alex Cutler.
The new deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, EVP of acquisitions and productions at IFC Films/Sundance Selects, and Stolaroff on behalf of the filmmakers.
Sundance Selects is planning a theatrical release beginning Nov.30.
Sundance Selections’s recent acquisitions include Ethan Hawke’s “Blaze,” Dana Nachman and Don Hardy’s “Pick of the Litter,” Roger Michell’s “Tea with The Dames” and Olivier Parker’s “Swimming with Men.”
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched episode 406 of “Better Call Saul,” titled “Pinata.”
As a prequel to “Breaking Bad,” AMC’s hit series “Better Call Saul” relishes in playing with time, jumping forward and back in the characters’ lives.
So while Chuck (Michael McKean) died in the season finale, it was inevitable that we would see the character again. And in the teaser to Monday’s episode, titled “Pinata,” Chuck made his comeback — a flashback to the early days of Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) and Kim’s (Rhea Seehorn) time at the law firm Hamlin Hamlin McGill, learning the ropes as young lawyers. And while the scene served to offer a sharp contrast between Jimmy and Kim’s approach to the law (no surprise that Kim had done her homework!), Chuck’s partner, Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian), was on hand as a witness, setting up a sharp contrast of his own. We got to see the slick, confident Hamlin once again, a far cry from his teary breakdown in the men’s room last week.
Fabian says it’s been a treat this season to watch the ever-increasing moments from “Breaking Bad,” particularly last week’s episode which opened with Saul’s frantic escape. “People went nuts! And I get excited to see the show because half the show is in a play that I’m not even in,” he says. “I watch it, and I’m like, what’s going on in this dirty desert? Good lord!”
Here, Fabian talks to Variety about whether Howard can return to form, Kim’s dance with the devil, and whether Chuck will make another comeback.
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by Michael Starr
Warning: This story contains spoilers from episode “Pinata” of “Better Call Saul.”
Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian) finally told off Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) with an f-bomb in Monday night’s episode of “Better Call Saul” — as Howard continued to spiral into an abyss of self-loathing.
“From the very first episode, when Jimmy burst into Howard’s boardroom and did that ‘Network’ speech on him, I think this ‘f-you’ has been boiling since then,” Fabian says of the scene, in which Jimmy noted the usually fastidious Howard’s disheveled appearance. “You’re a s–tty lawyer, Howard,” he said to him, “but you’re a great salesman” — triggering Howard’s explosive retort.
The sartorial Howard, with his fancy suits and gold tie bars, has been virtually unflappable since Day 1. But this season he’s been crushed by guilt following the suicide of his emotionally disturbed ex-law partner — and Jimmy’s brother — Chuck McGill (Michael McKean), whom Howard fired in last season’s finale. He tried to make amends with Jimmy, who told him Chuck’s suicide was his “cross to bear.”
“From the beginning, Howard has done everything to help Jimmy along,” says Fabian, 53. “He’s given him jobs, given him breaks, shielded him from Chuck, tried to take the guilt of his brother’s suicide off of him. And this is Jimmy’s response?
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