Catching up with: P.J. Hogan
Aussie filmmaker P.J. Hogan was quite the prized groom after bursting onto the scene with the quirky 1994 comedy “Muriel’s Wedding,” which he wrote and directed.Pic, released by Miramax in the U.S., not only launched Hogan’s Hollywood career, but that of fellow Aussies Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths. And Hogan’s second turn on the subject of nuptials, Julia Roberts starrer “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” was a hit for TriStar in 1997. Hogan then turned his attention to younger auds with the 2003 “Peter Pan,” but the big-budget remake didn’t fly with auds, and Hogan seemingly disappeared from view. So what’s Hogan been up to? He’s adapting the popular kids book “Chasing Vermeer” — billed as the “Da Vinci Code” for kids — for Warner Bros. He’s also set to direct. Insiders say Hogan is particular about what kinds of projects he wants to pursue, and isn’t shy about returning proffered scripts with a polite “no thanks.” “Vermeer,” however, caught his attention right away, and he’s set to deliver his script soon.