Tommy Davidson has been set in Richard Reid’s indie comedy Frat Pack, described as Road Trip meets Bridesmaids meets Project X with a little American Pie thrown in. That’s a lot. Davidson known for his impressions on the iconic variety show In Living Color will play an overly protective father with a hair-trigger temper in the story that centers on a shy British bachelor who is dragged on a wild road trip to a frat party. The project, which is being directed by Jo Marr (Night Train, Van Wilder 2) also stars screenwriter/producer Reid (Tulip Fever). The project is set to star shooting next month in Toronto and is looking at a late 2015 release. No other cast info is available at this time.
Get Hard hits theaters on March 27th. The movie stars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. Ferrell portrays a white collar criminal who recruits Hart to teach him how to prep for prison. Additionally, the movie stars Alison Brie (Community), Matt Walsh (Veep), Jay Pharoah (SNL), and Dan Bakkedahl (The Heat). Watch this new red band trailer that just hit the web, but beware the cursing.
Robert Townsend has come on board to direct a new version of Brewster’s Millions, three decades after the Richard Pryor comedy was released. The story is based on the 1902 novel by George Barr McCutcheon that was adapted into a play in 1906 and made into films 10 times, including a lost 1914 release directed by Cecil B. DeMille at the start of his career. The Pryor version co-starred John Candy and was directed by Walter Hill. Townsend’s first feature was 1987’s Hollywood Shuffle, which he directed from his own script and starred in. He also directed Eddie Murphy: Raw, The Five Heartbeats and Meteor Man. TV credits include creating and starring in The Parent ‘Hood, the Partners in Crime specials for HBO and creating and producing the Townsend Television series for Fox. Producers of the new Brewster’s Millions are Joseph and Jack Nasser. The adaptation was written by Michael William Schmidt and follows Monty Brewster, who is set to inherit $1 billion, with one key caveat, he must spend $100 million in one week or end up with nothing more than the clothes on his back.
Everything will continue to be awesome! Comedy genius Ron Schrab is set to direct the upcoming The Lego Movie Sequel. Schrab has directed episodes of The Mindy Project and Parks and Recreation. He was a writer, director, and executive producer for The Sarah Silverman Program. The film set for release in 2018 will be Schrab’s feature directional debut. The sequel is based on a story by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Jared Stern, and Michelle Morgan. Miller, who wrote and directed The Lego Movie, will also produce along with Lord, Dan Lin, and Roy Lee. “We are so excited to collaborate with Rob,” Lord and Miller said. “He is a comedy genius, a visual savant, and we have been stalking him for years. No one works harder than Rob, and his aesthetic, combined with his sense of humor, brings a strong, unique, thoughtful, and passionately nerdy voice to this project. People who know him are slapping their foreheads today and saying, ‘Of course!'” Together with long-time friend Community creator Dan Harmon, Schrab wrote the pilot of Heat Vision and Jack and the screenplay for the film Monster House. The studio has yet to set a specific date for its release, it’s rumored to probably hit theaters in 2018.
A mercurial assassin (Simon Pegg) discovers he isn’t the only person trying to kill the siren (Alice Braga) of a sun-drenched surfing town. In this darkly comedic thriller, the hitman finds himself unravelling three tales of mayhem, murder, blackmail and revenge.
Here’s a brand new uncensored clip from the upcoming movie Unfinished Business starring Vince Vaughn, Nick Frost, James Marsden. Is that a crease?
Will Ferrell will star in and produce the upcoming comedy The House. The story centers on a married couple, husband played by Ferrell, who lose their daughter’s college fund. They team up with their neighbors to start an illegal casino in their basement to earn back the cash. New Line is moving fast on the hot project, aiming for an August shoot. Written by the team behind Neighbors, Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. Ferrell will produce through his Gary Sanchez banner along with Good Universe. Ferrell will next be seen in Get Hard with Kevin Hart out March 27. His other upcoming movies include Daddy’s Home and Zeroville, directed by James Franco.
A while back, many comedians in Hollywood were competing against each other to land the role in the forthcoming Richard Pryor biopic. The three names that kept popping up as being in competition for the title role included Nick Cannon, Marlon Wayans, and Mike Epps. While Epps finally landed the role, a new video has hit the web showing Wayans channeling Pryor as he shot some audition footage for the role. Read More
We previously mentioned the forthcoming release of comedian Tom McCafferty’s mockumentary, Adventures In Comedy. In it McCaffrey has Spinal Tap-esque moments attempting to navigate the world of stand-up comedy. We also had McCaffrey on our most recent podcast to discuss the film. Now, the film has been released far and wide on the Comedy Dynamics platform, which means you can watch pretty much anywhere there’s streaming video on demand. Read More
They’re Back: 11 reboots and sequels including “The Naked Gun,” “Police Academy,” and “Vacation” happening in 2015
With everyone a buzz about the rebooting of the Ghostbusters franchise, and Dan Aykroyd revealing recently he still hopes to get his own conventional Ghostbusters sequel into cinemas (separate from Feig’s), we thought we would take a look at the year in comedy films and what will be coming our way. And as we dug deeper we’ve come to realize that 2015 is the year of the sequel and reboot of comedy films. Included here are 11 film sequels or reboots to previously existing franchises. We thought 11 would be enough to make our point. Now this isn’t a completely new found idea, but with the comedy universe becoming ever more present in the scope of the pop culture zeitgeist, it seems comedy is in higher demand than it has ever been and the studios like familiarity. Familiarity means guaranteed interest. And guaranteed interest means guaranteed money. It all kicks off this weekend with the release of Hot Tub Time Machine 2. Here are the breakdowns of said 11 films. Read More