The Number 23 director Joel Schumacher is back to making numerical films again with Twelve after he should have learned his lesson with the 2007 Jim Carrey disaster.
The film will be based on the 2002 novel by then-17-year-old Nick McDonnel about teenage drug use in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, specifically following a drug-dealing high school dropout whose life begins to unravel. An alternate title for the film will be Traffic 2: Electris Boogaloo. (Who can’t resist a good Boogaloo joke?)
Schumacher’s already got his cast lined up, which will include Chace Crawford, Emma (niece of Julia) Roberts, Rory Culkin, 50 Cent, Ellen Barkin, and Kiefer Sutherland. Ah, Schumacher. Always playing the Kiefer card. I think I’m okay with that. I hope he’s reprising his role from the excellent Phone Booth! Seems appropriate for this material.
The film is set to be released in winter 2010, which is strange, because I think it means a Schumacher movie is going to be released with the intent of Oscar consideration. His adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera musical in 2004 was released around the same time and look how well that turned out! Why they didn’t try that approach with Batman and Robin, I’ll never know.