Reynolds will take on the meta role of an aging actor set to receive a lifetime achievement award in Rifkin’s dark comedy.
Screen legend Burt Reynolds is set to star in Adam Rifkin’s dark comedy, DOG YEARS. Rifkin will direct from his own script.
The story revolves around an aging, former movie star who is forced to face the reality that his glory days are far behind him when he’s invited to receive a lifetime achievement award from a tiny East coast film festival. Embarrassed by the low rent event, he bails on the award and forces the emotionally unstable girl assigned to be his driver to take him on a soul searching tour of the landmarks of his youth.
Rifkin is producing alongside Gore Verbinski, Orian Williams, Gordon Whitener and Jarred Hoffman. Michael Mandt and Neil Mandt will also produce through their Mandt Bros. Productions.
Reynolds, who earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in P.T. Anderson’s drama Boogie Nights, is currently working on the boxing drama Shadow Fighter. Reynolds will be at this year’s South By Southwest festival in Austin to premiere the documentary The Bandit, which tells the story of Reynold’s friendship with his stunt double during the production of the classic comedy, Smokey and the Bandit.
Rifkin is best known for the 1998 family comedy Small Soldiers.