Jack Black Keeps Shirley MacLaine Alive for ‘Bernie’

Saturday, August 7 by

Jack Black is reteaming with School of Rock director Richard Linklater for Bernie. Shirley MacLaine will also star and mother everyone on set. THR has the deets:

"Bernie" is set in the small town of Carthage, Texas and follows a Renaissance man-community leader-mortician Bernie (Black) who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a wealthy but very particular widow (MacLaine). When he kills her, he goes to great lengths to maintain the illusion that she is still alive.

Is no one seeing the similarities to Weekend at Bernie’s here? You know, the movie where two business executives go visit their boss at his beach house for a weekend, he ends up dying, and they make it look like he’s still alive? This new movie is even called BERNIE. At least change the title! And don’t think Andrew McCarthy won’t call about a cameo. Ever since the failed "Lipstick Jungle" on NBC, he’s been waiting patiently on his couch for an opportunity like this.

 

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