David Wingo and Jeff McIlwain have signed on to score David Gordon Green’s comedy The Sitter. The film stars Jonah Hill, Sam Rockwell, Ari Grayner, Erin Daniels, Jessica Hecht and Method Man. The movie follows a college student, suspended for the semester and living at home with his single mom, who has a night to remember when he gets talked into baby-sitting the eccentric kids next door. Michael De Luca (The Social Network) is producing. Gordon Green has previously collaborated with Wingo on all of his early independent features including George Washington and All the Real Girls, which the composer co-scored with Michael Linnen. Wingo and Linnen also contributed additional music for the Philip Glass-scored thriller Undertow. Wingo and McIlwain first collaborated on the 2007 drama Snow Angels starring Kate Beckinsale. The Sitter marks the first major studio feature for both composers. 20th Century Fox has set the film’s release date to December 9, 2011.
In the last couple of years, Wingo has also scored several movies by himself, including the drama Take Shelter, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and has received much critical acclaim, especially for Michael Shannon’s lead performance, which is being considered a likely contender for the upcoming Awards season. In the film directed by Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories), Shannon plays a family man who experiences apocalyptic visions. Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham, Kathy Baker and Lisa Gay Hamilton are co-starring. The film has also won the Cannes Film Festival’s 50th Critics’ Week Grand Prix last Thursday. Sony Pictures Classics has picked up domestic rights for the film and is planning a release on October 7, 2011. For more information, watch the trailer below and visit the official movie website for updates.