John Travolta (Grease, Pulp Fiction) has been cast as the lead villain in an upcoming thriller Moose, directed by Fred Durst, former front man of Limp Bizkit. Moose is about a crazed fan who stalks his favorite action, film star and destroys his life. Travolta plays the stalker, Moose, and the object of his obsessive affection is Hunter Dunbar. Dunbar will be portrayed by Devon Sawa, best known for Final Destination, Idle Hands, and (for us nostalgic 90’s kids) Casper.
The film is said to have been inspired by a stalker Durst had, years ago, at the height of Limp Bizkit’s fame. Durst co-wrote the film with Dave Bekerman and they are currently in production in Alabama.
According to Slash Film: “Media Finance Capital and Amibi Media Group is financing the movie, with Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi producing for the latter. Oscar Generale and Daniel Grodnik of Wonderfilm Media are also producing. David Gilbery and Charles Dorfman are acting as executive producers for Media Finance Captial, joined by Richard Salvatore, Kirk Shaw, Bret Saxon, and Jeff Bowler.”
It may be strange to imagine Durst at the helm of any serious cinematic venture, but this is not his first rodeo. In addition to directing music videos for Limp Bizkit and other rock outfits like Korn and Staind, Durst also directed The Education of Charlie Banks (Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter) in 2007 and The Longshots (Ice Cube, Keke Palmer) in 2008.
Even stranger, it seems, is the partnering of Durst and Travolta. The studio could be hopeful that the film will draw a crossover audience of Travolta devotees and Limp Bizkit loyalists. If nothing else, those of us intrigued by the pairing will be first in line to see whether the film is a wonderful surprise or a train wreck.
John Travolta may have fallen from stardom, in recent years, but seemed to return to the public’s consciousness with his performance as Robert Shapiro in the television series, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story in 2016.
There is no information regarding a release date or whether the film will be released theatrically or via VOD.