“From DreamWorks Pictures comes ‘People Like Us,’ a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine (‘Star Trek’) as Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father’s estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father’s last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down: He has a 30-year-old sister Frankie whom he never knew about (Elizabeth Banks). As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about this family–and re-examine his own life choices in the process.”
Kurtzman has co-written the script with his frequent collaborator Robert Orci (Star Trek, Transformers), along with Jody Lambert, making her screenwriting debut.
Given Kurtzman’s involvement with so many big-budget blockbusters in recent years, I’m interested to see what he’s like behind the camera in a different genre. The trailer looked promising, and it’s nice to see him working with past collaborators like Orci, Pine (Star Trek), and Favreau and Wilde (Cowboys & Aliens).
People Like Us, previously titled Welcome to People, will be released in the US on 29th June. As yet, there’s no word on a UK release, but with a handful of big names in leading roles as well as behind the camera, here’s to hoping that we can look forward to it in the summer too. Here’s the new featurette / sizzle reel to give you an idea of what to expect.