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Jonah Hill is returning to the director’s chair for the first time since 2018’s skate-epic Mid90s. Recent years have seen Hill be super selective about his projects, directing several music videos, appearing in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm as well as Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum. But it seems Hill has got the spark again, and that his next project, which features his Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot co-star Joaquin Phoenix serving as producer, is gonna be the most personal of them all.
Taking to Instagram, the director shared some BTS photos from the set of the new untitled doco, which focuses on Dr. Phil Stutz. Stutz, who is best known for his therapeutic book The Tools, worked as a prison psychiatrist on Rikers Island before moving into a private practice in the early 80s.
He added a pretty extensive caption as well, writing “We started production yesterday on my second directorial feature for @netflix. It is a documentary on my brilliant therapist, Dr. Phil Stutz, and therapy in general. The idea is to make a film that frames therapy and Phil’s tools for dealing with life in a way that isn’t corny or cheesy. Everything I saw growing up about therapy I rolled my eyes at.
“Thank you @netflix, our crew, Joaquin Phoenix and the rest of our producers, and most of all Phil for providing an opportunity to make a dope film that democratizes therapy for private use on Netflix. If you can’t afford therapy or there is stigma in your family and life, the idea is that you can privately use these tools on based on the feelings you are having (depression, anxiety, regret etc), and use them in the privacy of your own home on Netflix. Sending you all lots of love. We all need it.”
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It seems the new project will definitely be extra personal for Hill, and it’ll be super interesting to see him tackle non-fiction subject matter in a documentary format.
For now, check out the trailer of Hill and Phoenix’s 2018 film Don’t Worry, He Wont Get Far On Foot below.