January 21, 2014 12:35 pm

Atom Egoyan ponders making a ‘stupid’ comedy

TORONTO — Will director Atom Egoyan’s next film start with a school bus crashing into a frat house during a wild pool party?

It could.

Egoyan, whose acclaimed films include 1997’s The Sweet Hereafter and 2005’s Where the Truth Lies, said Tuesday he’d love to make a comedy.

“Probably a really dumb, stupid comedy,” he said, during an appearance on Global’s The Morning Show.

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“Like a frat house comedy maybe — but somebody has to be found dead in the frat house the next morning.”

His choice of a leading man? “Not just because I’m Canadian, but I am really intrigued by Seth Rogen,” Egoyan said. “I’d like to do something with him. He’s kind of an interesting character.”

Despite his reputation for making intense dramatic films, Egoyan said he loves to laugh and can’t rule out following in the footsteps of Canadian comedy directors like Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) and Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum).

“The question is finding an original story that hasn’t been told before,” he said.

Egoyan’s latest film is Devil’s Knot, a drama starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon based on the true story of the controversial trial of a trio of teenagers who were accused of killing children in a satanic ritual.

“It’s a really compelling film,” he said. “It’s dark but it mixes a whole bunch of different genres — there’s mystery, courtroom drama, it’s like [a] thriller…”

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