Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Whatever Happened To...?

Neil LaBute

Normally in this column I would feature an actor/actress whose career could use a jolt in the right direction. Today I am going to highlight a talented director that could really use a good script to get him back on track.

Career Highlights: In the Company of Men (1997), Your Friends & Neighbors (1998), Nurse Betty (2000), The Shape of Things (2003).

Low Points: The Wicker Man (2006), Lakeview Terrace (2008), Possession (2001).

Last Film to Grace the Big Screen: Death at a Funeral (2010)

Coming Down the Pipe Next? LaBute is currently filming Seconds of Pleasure, which he also wrote.


  1. I've always liked Neil LaBute's early work but after The Wicker Man, I pretty much tuned out.

    I hope he writes more original material again. I liked his films despite how dark and mean they can be. I still never recovered from the ending of The Shape of Things.

  2. @thevoid99 – The scary thing is that LaBute actually wrote the script for The Wicker Man. I will consider it a blip in an otherwise strong writing career. I have faith that LaBute will get back on track directing wise though.

  3. Cannot believe this is the same guy who did the brilliant In the Company of Men. Really, what the hell happened to this guy?

  4. @Aiden R. – I think LaBute wanted to prove that he could make more accessible films. LHe took a lot of misogynist-style heat from the media after his first two films. Which is odd considering that I always found the male characters to be the real villains/idiots of his earlier works.

  5. Glad I'm not the only one wondering what happened to him. It's like a whisper in the corner of the room, "He used to be so smart".

  6. @Graygrrrl – The sad part is that fewer and fewer people are even bothering to whisper anymore. I think The Wicker Man really thinned out his fan-base.


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