Mar 30, 2012
This has been an odd title to follow, lol! I think we first heard of Mischa joining this project back in February 2009. Everything seemed to be going fine until things stopped and everything went silent. Then last year, another article comes out announcing Willa Holland, Drew Van Acker, Rumer Willis and Matt Dallas as Mischa’s co-stars. Again, it feels like things have picked up. Then shortly after that, silence. Only this time the project disappears from IMDb altogether seemingly indicating that The Sicnece of Cool was not meant to be.
But today, a new article comes out with a new write-up on financing and a new cast member: Nick Krause. Since this new article only talks about Mischa and Nick, I’ve got no idea if any of the original cast or crew are still behind the movie. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. And we’ll also have to wait and see if this new article leads to an actual production commitment.
As an aside, the article indicates that Mischa will possibly be starring in another movie called Love Blurs Boundaries. Read the full article below:
Bal has role on new film
A PLYMOUTH man has bagged a role in an American movie.
But Bal Kumar won’t be on screen – he’ll be organising the finance for teen comedy The Science of Cool.
Bal, a director and writer, is the British producer for the film which will star Mischa Barton (of US and UK TV hit The OC) and Nick Krause (who played alongside George Clooney in Oscar-nominated comedy-drama The Descendants).
He hopes a spin-off from the US job will help push his feature directorial debut in a personal project, UK drama Love Blurs Boundaries.
Bal, 40, said: “The connection came because of connections through my film.
“They are looking to finance The Science of Cool here, but it will be shot in America.
“I also have Mischa reading for my film and the US connection means it will have a distributor there.”
He describes the new comedy as much in the spirit of Weird Science, the 1985s hit in which two teens create a real woman using a computer program. The Science of Cool has a couple of science geeks having their socially inept lives transformed by a laboratory formula which transforms them into hunks. But their problems are not over.
The budget is tiny by US movie standards, but the money required, up to £1.75m, dwarfs that needed for Love Blurs Boundaries. Bal is about half way there to the £500,000 needed for the British film which he plans to begin shooting this summer with a cast including Wil Johnson (Waking The Dead) and Kayvan Novak (George Clooney vehicle Syriana and award-winning British comedy Four Lions).
He describes the British project as a 21st century take on Romeo and Juliet with a cross-cultural theme.
Bal’s previous projects include several short films, with writing and director credits, among them Mother’s Journey about two migrants’ move to Britain from India.
His work has attracted international attention and been shown at the London Film festival.
He has also been involved as a producer and co-producer on larger projects including Cuckoo (with Richard E Grant) and Hard Shoulder (starring Wil Johnson), experience which has helped with financing and casting Love Blurs Boundaries.
He loves on the Hoe and divides his time between completing a PhD on the representation of minorities in cinema and teaching drama and performance to disabled adults in the city.
“The Science of Cool is so exciting,” says Bal. “This could be a career changer for me.”
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