Willem Dafoe has joined the cast of Paul Weitz's next film, Cirque de Freak, in which he will evidently be playing a vampire. That's fine with me because I loved his vampiric performance in Shadow of the Vampire (2000). The film's cast includes John C. Reilly, Ken Watanabe, Michael Cerveris, Orlando Jones and Salma Hayek.
The word "uneven" seems to easily apply to Weitz's body of work thus far. Admittedly, I've never seen any incarnation of American Pie, so I won't hold that against him or in his favor.
That said, he was the writer-director of About a Boy, probably the best "modern" romantic comedy of this decade thus far. If there's another out there you believe to be as good, hit me with it because as an open-minded guy I'm sincerely interested.
American Dreamz truly was a horrible, disastrously botched movie. Such a blown opportunity.
That said, it's often true for artists that it's darkest just before dawn, so I'll hold out some hope.