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How I Learned to Stop Worrying: STX Going Steady with Craig Johnson on “Alex Strangelove”

Wilson, his third feature film (Fox Searchlight might be looking to place it into the 2016 calendar) is in the can and now comes word that Craig Johnson is about to embark on his next venture. Riding high from the Sundance success of The Skeleton Twins, The Tracking Board reports that STX Entertainment and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films are joining forces on Alex Strangelove. Based on the original script by Johnson, production is expected to begin this summer. Mighty Engine’s Jared Goldman and Red Hour’s Nicky Weinstock will produce what is described as dramedy.

Gist: This is described a high school movie with an unexpected twist.

Worth Noting: In our IONCINEPHILE profile on the filmmaker, Johnson considers Alexander Payne’s Election among one of the best films.

Do We Care?: Perhaps there’ll be a connection to the awkward teen years a la True Adolescents (2011) but we’re hopeful that this stands out in tone to the noirish dramedy The Skeleton Twins. In the interim, Wilson (wouldn’t be surprised if it receives a TIFF or Sundance showing) should be a memorable third film.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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