It’s been almost 20 years since Todd Solondz burst onto the indie filmmaking scene with his dark comedy Welcome to the Dollhouse. The movie won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance back in 1996 and it also earned Heather Matarazzo an Independent Spirit Award for her performance as the tortured and awkward 7th grader Dawn Wiener. Now he is getting ready to revisit that character as part of a new indie film that weaves together multiple stories tied together thematically by a dachshund. The movie, believe it or not, will be called Wiener-Dog and it will likely star Greta Gerwig as an adult version of Dawn Wiener. Hit the jump for more details.
According to THR, Megan Ellison and Annapurna Pictures have come on board to finance Todd Solondz’s Wiener-Dog, which is being described as a pseudo-sequel to his 1995 indie hit Welcome to the Dollhouse. Although one of the storylines will indeed feature the return of Dawn Wiener (potentially being played by Greta Gerwig), the script revolves around “people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading comfort and joy.” Julie Delpy is also in talks for an unknown role.
If you’re thinking that Solondz has already done the pseudo-sequel thing before, you’re right. Palindromes, released in 2004, revisited characters from Welcome to the Dollhouse, but did not feature Dawn since she had just committed suicide. His 2009 film Life During Wartime was also a loose sequel to Happiness. While I am somewhat curious about this, there is a part of me that feels Todd Solondz is starting to run out of new material here. Most of his output over the past decade has been somewhat hit and miss, so this could be an attempt to simply coast by on past glories. Are you a fan of Todd Solondz and are you looking forward to Wiener-Dog?