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Reverse The Curse: David Duchovny On Emotional Dramedy & The X-Files - June 2024

David Duchovny returns to directing after 20 years with Reverse the Curse , a dramedy based on his novel Bucky F*cking Dent. 

David Duchovny returns to the director's chair for the first time in 20 years with Reverse the Curse. The four-time Emmy nominee is generally best known for his star-making turn as Fox Mulder in the X-Files franchise, co-leading both the original show, its two movies and two revival seasons with Gillian Anderson. In the years since, Duchovny has found further acclaim with the Showtime comedy show Shameless, as well as the NBC historical crime thriller, Aquarius.

The dramedy Reverse the Curse not only marks Duchovny's first return to the director's chair since 2004's House of D, but also an adaptation of his 2016 novel, Bucky F*cking Dent. The story revolves around Ted Fullilove, an aspiring writer in the '70s who can't seem to break free from his job as a peanut seller at baseball games. When Ted finds out his father is dying of cancer, he begins looking to find ways to care for him, before ultimately realizing that when the Boston Red Sox play well, his father begins to feel better. Ted conspires with the neighbors in his dad's town in the hopes of tricking him into thinking they're on a winning streak.

In addition to writing and directing the film, Duchovny co-leads the Reverse the Curse cast as Ted's father, Marty, with Upgrade's Logan Marshall-Green starring as Ted and Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Stephanie Beatriz as Marty's nurse, Mariana. Joining the trio in the dramedy are Jason Beghe (One Chicago), Evan Handler, Santo Fazio, with Daphne Rubin-Vega and Pamela Adlon. Having made its world premiere at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival, Reverse the Curse is now opening wide.

Ahead of the movie's wide release, Screen Rant interviewed David Duchovny, Logan Marshall-Green and Stephanie Beatriz to discuss Reverse the Curse, the emotional journey to bring the book to life on screen, and Duchovny's thoughts on Ryan Coogler's in-development X-Files reboot.
Though already intimately familiar with his source material, Duchovny recalls that one of the biggest keys to bringing Bucky F*cking Dent to life with Reverse the Curse was landing on its unique tonal mix of comedy and drama. The filmmaker ultimately pointed towards casting Marshall-Green and Beatriz as a major benefit for how he pulled off this tricky tight rope:

David Duchovny: You know, novels and movies both have what they do well, and they're not the same things. So, I knew the book worked, I knew the screenplay had a chance to work, but it was really all about finding the right tone, the tone that could sustain a man dying of cancer, and also a fart scene. So, you've got your two sides there, and I needed to hire actors who could sustain that, and live in both those worlds. When I cast Logan, and when I cast Stephanie, that's when I knew I was on the way to making a successful movie and finding the tone that I was seeking

Duchovny Has No Thoughts On The X-Files Reboot (But Wishes Them Luck)

After co-leading the charge on the supernatural thriller show for every prior installment, the X-Files franchise is going in a fresh new direction as Black Panther's Ryan Coogler is currently developing a reboot. While Gillian Anderson has recently shared her interest in the project and potentially reprising her iconic role of Dana Scully, Duchovny is a little more reserved, instead just wishing Coogler and his team luck:

David Duchovny: I don't really have any thoughts on it. It seems to be a whole separate project. I wish them luck.

source: Screenrant 

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