Last October, we reported that Sacha Baron Cohen was set to produce and star in The Lesbian, which was inspired by Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao and his $65 million offer to any man who could turn his lesbian daughter straight. Today, Variety reports that Cohen has tapped Klown screenwriters and stars Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam to pen the script. For those who haven’t seen Klown, it centers on two friends who go on a trip to a renowned brothel but one of them kidnaps his girlfriend’s 12-year-old nephew to prove he can be a good father. It’s pretty funny, although the best gags are at the beginning and end. More importantly, it has the filthy, irreverent humor that is Cohen’s stock and trade.
According to Variety, Cohen traveled to Denmark to woo the writers away from committing to another project so they could write The Lesbian. Christensen and Hvam were working on a sequel to Klown, but will now put that project on hold. Todd Phillips and Danny McBride are working on an American remake of Klown.
Earlier this month, I got a phone call from the fine folks at the Alamo Drafthouse. They wanted to know if I’d be interested in spending some time with the guys from Klovn (or Klown, to our English-speaking friends), a filthy Danish comedy I’d seen—and passionately loved—back when it premiered during last year’s Fantastic Fest. This little meetup would include a canoe trip up the Guadalupe River with the film’s stars, with Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen, an outdoor screening of the film, and a whole lotta beer. It seemed that Drafthouse Films had picked the film up for U.S. distribution, and they were looking to get the word out about the film. Did I want to go?
Lemme tell ya, folks: if the Alamo Drafthouse ever calls and asks if you wanna go up the Guadalupe River on a canoe trip that ends with a booze-soaked screening of their movie on the banks of the river (via the Rolling Roadshow’s giant, inflatable screen), you say “Yes”. Read my report from this awesome weekend (and a review of Klown!) after the jump.
Let’s make something very clear up front: this trailer for Klown (Klovn) is the definition of “not safe/suitable for work” so don’t even think about watching it in your cubicle unless you’ve already put in your two weeks notice. Directed by Mikkel Norgaard and starring Frank Hvam, Casper Christensen and Marcuz Jess Petersen, Klown follows a male-bonding vacation between two friends that is deemed by them to be a “Tour de Pussy.” Complicating matters is Frank’s (Hvam) kidnapping of his pregnant girlfriend’s 12-year-old nephew to accompany them on their debaucherous trip so he can prove his parenting skills. HBO’s Eastbound & Down star, Danny McBride, is set to write and star in the remake of the Danish project and I can definitely see why he is a perfect fit. This new red-band trailer highlights the strange friendship between Frank and Casper and a woman who, literally, gets stuck in between them (the 12-year-old is left out due to decency/legal reasons). Klown will be released in theaters and VOD/digital platforms on July 27th. Hit the jump to check out the trailer which, once again, is super NSFW. You’ve been warned.
Well, folks, it’s over: another year, another week-long cavalcade of awesome at Fantastic Fest. This year’s lineup included some big name movies (Melancholia, Take Shelter), some smaller ones (You’re Next, Extraterrestrial), and some complete unknowns (Zombie Ass, A Boy and His Samurai), as well as some truly amazing, non-screening events. Who won awards at this year’s Fantastic Fest, and what were the highlights of the week? Find out after the jump, folks.