EXCLUSIVE: Michael Stephenson Announces GIRLFRIEND’S DAY With Bob Odenkirk, Has A Present For You

THE AMERICAN SCREAM director Michael Stephenson is teaming up with MR. SHOW and BREAKING BAD's Bob Odenkirk for his first-ever narrative feature, and he's celebrating by hooking up one lucky BAD reader with a really cool poster.

Two things we’re really big fans of here at BAD: the filmography of director Michael Paul Stephenson (Troll 2, Best Worst Movie, The American Scream) and virtually everything that’s been touched by Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show, Breaking Bad…hell, I’ll even defend Run Ronnie Run if you pour enough booze in me). And if you tend to agree, I’ve got one piece of good news after another to share with you today. Yes, that’s right: this one’s a two-fer.

Let’s start with the news that Stephenson and Odenkirk have announced their intention to work together on what will end up being Stephenson’s first narrative feature, a comedy written by Odenkirk called Girlfriend’s Day. Stephenson’s Magic Stone Productions (Magic Stone) and Odenkirk’s Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment will produce, while Odenkirk is attached to star in the film.

What’s it all about? Thus spake the press release:

In a city where greeting card writers are celebrated like stars, romance writer Ray (Odenkirk) used to be the king. In trying to recapture the feelings that once made him the greatest, he gets entangled in a web of murder and deceit as writers vie to create the perfect card for a new holiday: Girlfriend’s Day.

At this point, Stephenson and Odenkirk are sitting with financiers in hopes of shooting the film in Los Angeles this fall.

I reached out to Stephenson and asked how his first narrative might stack up, thematically, with the two (very, very well received) documentaries he’s got under his belt.  Here’s what he had to say:

GIRLFRIEND'S DAY is centered around a past-his-prime sort-of shlup who's spiraling towards rock-bottom. It's a story about a slipping artist, in an off-center world, who has spent too much of his life chasing a fleeting happiness. His creative struggle and his desire to leave a 'lasting mark' on the world blinds him from other things that should probably matter more. There's one line in the script that sums up my affection towards this sort-of flawed hero: 'Yeah, I'm fucked up! That's where the beauty is.' And for me, this sentiment certainly runs deep in both BEST WORST MOVIE and THE AMERICAN SCREAM.

But, wait! There’s more! Recently, Stephenson was rad enough to send me a couple of artist John Sampson’s gorgeous The American Scream screenprints, and we thought now would be a great time (“It’s a celebration, bitches!”) to give one of those away to a lucky BAD reader.  Here’s what you’re vying for:

Snazzy, no? There are only 130 of these in the world, and the one we’re giving away is signed by Stephenson himself. Just imagine the blinding, hateful jealousy that will wash over your friends when they see this on your wall instead of theirs (note: if friends do not experience blinding, hateful jealousy, they aren’t your real friends). Oh, it’s gonna be sweet. And all you’ve gotta do to win? Be in the continental United States (or be overseas and willing to pay shipping) and shoot me an email at [email protected]. Include your name and mailing address, and this Sunday I’ll randomly select a winner that I’ll announce via my @LimitedPaper Twitter feed. Good luck, folks!

As a long, long time Troll 2 enthusiast, it’s great to see Stephenson doing so well for himself - this must be one of Hollywood’s most unlikely second acts - and doubly great to see him working with someone as brilliantly funny as Bob Odenkirk (lest we forget, see below). We’re looking forward to seeing where this one takes us, and will keep ya updated as the situation develops.

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