The Indie Crowd Will Get Their Own ‘New Year’s Eve’ of Sorts

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Though the scars are still visible from Valentine’s Day, director Garry Marshall still continues to flog us with his romantic-comedy cat o’ nine tails, and soon enough we’ll be wincing to the lashes of another rom-com pile-on when New Year’s Eve comes out later this year. Love, Actually has already covered Christmas, though, and eventually Marshall is going to run out of romantic holidays to loosely wrap his rom-com scourges around, and so the time has come to find a new basis for showcasing a multitude of mostly-white Manhattan relationships. Thankfully, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden may have the solution: how about working around hate mail? The Fleck-Boden writing and directing team–who last collaborated on our most precious mental institution romance, It’s Kind of a Funny Story–have revealed that their next project will be a film called Hate Mail, which “will feature interweaving stories about several Manhattanites who encounter various iterations of hate mail and grapple with the subsequent fallout of their relationships.” At last, we’ll have an alternate universe version of the romantic-comedy pile-on, a world in which the ending isn’t entirely happy, Ryan Gosling is Ashton Kutcher, Parker Posey is established veteran Robert De Niro, and Katherine Heigl stands outside it all, quietly scratching at the glass and unsure why she feels such a desperate need to be in a mutually-antagonistic relationship.

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