Every time Solondz mentions his difficulty finding funding, I worry that this is going to be his last film. But Deadline has just posted a reassuring announcement about a new film, Love Child. Solondz will be back writing and directing for Killer Films, who previously produced his Happiness, Storytelling and Wiener-Dog. Penélope Cruz is set to star in the film, along with an actor named Edgar Ramírez.
The plot is described in the Deadline article as, "a dark and hilarious twist on the classic Oedipal theme. Story follows
11-year-old Junior, a delusional aspiring Broadway star with an
inappropriate obsession with his mother Immaculada. After orchestrating
an accident that nearly kills his abusive father, he encourages Nacho,
the handsome man living in the family’s guesthouse, to court his mother
and become his new dad. But when the two fall in love, Junior becomes so
jealous that he is no longer the subject of his mother’s attention that
he hatches a plan to frame Nacho for his father’s murder." Sounds fun to me; reminds me of the 1972 Robert Klein film, Rivals. There's already an IMDB page for the film, with a general 2018 release date.
Meanwhile, there's still no news on the Russian Petersburg film, which Solondz presumably wrapped on a couple years ago now.