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Retro-Fitting: Roadside Attractions Knit “Hello, My Name is Doris” in Future Plans

She won’t be single for much longer. Among the surprise break-out items from this year’s SXSW, Variety reports that Roadside Attractions is in the final stages of landing Michael Showalter’s Hello, My Name is Doris. The Sally Field starrer will be the biggest deal at the fest so far and they’re taking the longterm approach to the comedy pegging it with a rather late 2016 theatrical release.

Gist: Co-written by Laura Terruso and Snowalter, this tells the story of a 70-something cubicle worker (Field) who develops an obsessive crush on a much younger co-worker (Max Greenfield).

Worth Noting: This is based on Terruso’s 2011 short, Doris and the intern. You can watch the graduate film here. view it below.

Do We Care?: There are not enough films on older women and perhaps the SXSW auds warmed up to this dramedy because it has a lot more elements working for it than just a two-time Oscar winner toplining. We’re curious.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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