Mr. Pink a.k.a. Steve Buscemi has signed on to direct his third feature film, Lonesome Jim. According to Variety, the dysfunctional family comedy will star Liv Tyler and Casey Affleck and was written by New York-based fiction writer James C. Strouse. The story follows the return of 28-year old Jim (Affleck) to his hometown in Indiana, where he is forced, after failing to make it on his own, to move back in with his parents and deal with crippling family obligations. Tyler plays a woman Jim meets in a local bar, whose young son begins treating him like a father. Buscemi says that he's often offered scripts that are more Coen or Tarantino-esque - filmmakers who he frequently collaborates as an actor - but he was looking for something that he could relate to more for his next directing project. Shooting is scheduled to start in February '04.
Buscemi, who received an Emmy nomination for directing the "Pine Barrens" episode of "The Sopranos" (you know - the one where Paulie let the Russian mobster get away) is directing another episode and has an acting role in the upcoming season of "The Sopranos" which premieres in the spring. He can also be seen in Tim Burton's latest, Big Fish, which opens on December 10.
The Valley Steam, NY-native is becoming a force in Hollywood and it's only a matter of time before he's recognized and one his generation's most talented performer/directors. It won't be long before we see this guy accepting an Oscar.