Game on: ‘Married’ star Nat Faxon aims to make Chicago-set baseball movie
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Oscar-winning screenplay writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (“The Descendants”) are taking a swing at making a baseball movie set in Chicago.
“Jim and I wrote a script for the two of us to star in that takes place in Chicago,” Faxon told me Monday at the TV critics’ press tour, where FX hosted a panel on Faxon’s new comedy series, “Married” (9 p.m. Thursdays on FX). “I’m hoping we get to make that.”
The long-time duo co-wrote and co-directed “The Way Way Back” (2013) and snagged an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay in the George Clooney-starring film “The Descendants” (2011).
They’re both talented comedic performers as well, with Rash playing eccentric Dean Pelton on “Community” (moving to a new online home at Yahoo!) and Faxon having starred in the canceled Fox sitcom “Ben and Kate.”
Faxon’s latest TV role is the sex-starved husband of DePaul Theatre School grad Judy Greer in “Married,” an equally depressing and humorous take on modern matrimony — after the honeymoon’s over.
Canadian-American screenwriter, director and producer Jason Reitman (“Thank you for Smoking,” “Up in the Air”) wrote the script with Rash and Faxon, whose parents lived in Chicago for five years after he’d left the house.
“We wrote it originally as a TV project and adapted it into a movie,” Faxon said. “We’re trying to put it together as we speak. I don’t know how soon it will happen just because there are so many pieces to it.”
Faxon was tight-lipped on specifics.
“It’s about baseball – I can give you that,” he said.
And that means one of two things: Cubs or Sox?