March 16, 2010
HOLLYWOOD — In late 2008, it was hard to find two hotter Hollywood talents than Kristen Stewart and Nikki Reed. The co-stars and real-life best friends had just taken over Hollywood with the surprising success of "Twilight," had "New Moon" and other sequels on the way and were being courted by producers all over Hollywood. But rather than sign up for some generic teen-road-trip movie or romantic comedy, the duo chose to reunite ... in a fact-based drama/comedy that would have them playing men?
It was called "K-11," and from the moment of its inception it became one of the stranger projects being developed in the business — particularly because it seemed like such a daring choice for Stewart and Reed. KStew was slated to portray a male-to-female transsexual prisoner with autism, while Reed would play a fellow inmate who was transgender and addicted to meth. When we caught up with the girls at the "Twilight" premiere in November '08, it was full steam ahead — so, what happened?
"Yeah," was Kristen's response when we brought up the project to her recently, asking if she still thought the film would get made. "Totally.
"It's just one of those things where you try and get a movie off the ground that's small," added the actress, whose love for indie cinema is on display once again with "The Runaways" this week, which follows on the heels of everything from "The Yellow Handkerchief," "Adventureland," "The Cake Eaters" and other independently financed, outside-the-box films.
The movie was to mark the directorial debut of Kristen's mother, Jules Stewart. Reed was looking forward to sinking her teeth into the role of Mousey, a 30-year-old man covered in tattoos and a three-day growth. Based on a real dormitory in the L.A. County jail and co-starring Jason Mewes, "K-11" was a comedy/drama that would depict the unusual family dynamic of the prison.
But, despite the fact that it is nearly impossible to find any actress in Hollywood more desirable than Kristen Stewart these days, she revealed to us that "K-11" is still having a hard time securing financing.
"I don't know [whether it will get made]," she explained. "Like, right now it's harder [to get indie films made]."
Due to the economy and the general marketplace for independently made, experimental productions, Stewart's sentiment is one often echoed by filmmakers.
"It just never got legs," Stewart said of the flick, insisting that she's still holding out hope. "I still really hope to do it."