The raunchy and outrageous comedy That’s My Boy tells the story of Donny Berger (Adam Sandler), an aimless loser who knocked up his smoking hot teacher when he was a teenager, and was left to raise their love child even though he was completely unprepared to be a parent. Now, 30 years later, Todd (Andy Samberg) is all grown up and a successful Wall Street executive who hasn’t seen his father in years. But, with Donny owing tens of thousands to the IRS, he figures that tracking down his son will not only give him the chance to ask for the money he needs to stay out of jail, but to also finally bond with his son.
At the film’s press day, writer/director Sean Anders talked to Collider for this exclusive interview about what made Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg the perfect pairing for this film, what he’d like to see on the DVD, and the collaboration he had with Sandler both in reworking the script and on set during filming. He also talked about signing on to write and direct Three Mississippi (with partner John Morris), about two Philadelphia neighbors whose annual Thanksgiving game of tackle football has become extraordinarily heated, the possibility of a Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler pairing for the film, and the status of the Dumb and Dumber sequel with Jim Carrey. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
There are two incredibly infuriating things about Adam Sandler: First, he makes movies that aren’t very good but they make boatloads of cash. Second, he could make better movies, but he chooses not to since they might not make boatloads of cash. It’s for these reasons that critics largely brush off Sandler’s movies even though they’re screened for press (which is more than I can say for the films of Paul W.S. Anderson). There are brief times when Sandler will wander off the beaten track to do something “respectable” like Funny People or Punch-Drunk Love, but everything he does feels like a cynical calculation where he’ll inevitably come back to the safe confines of a lowest-common-denominator comedy. That’s My Boy, his first R-rated feature since Punch-Drunk, shows brief glimmers of the Sandler we knew at the beginning of his film career, but those moments are drowned out by the lazy comedy for which he’s become infamous.
This weekend is the press junket for the raunchy and outrageous comedy That’s My Boy, in which Adam Sandler plays Donny Berger, the screw-up who became a teenage parent when his smoking hot teacher gave birth to his child while in jail. While Collider was there, we got the opportunity to do an exclusive interview with director Sean Anders (Sex Drive), to talk about his involvement with the film and what he’ll be working on next.
We’ll run what he had to say about collaborating with Adam Sandler and how crazy the improvisation got on set closer to the film’s June 15th release, but we did want to share what he had to say about signing on to write and direct Three Mississippi (with partner John Morris), about two Philadelphia neighbors whose annual Thanksgiving game of tackle football has become extraordinarily heated, the possibility of a Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler pairing for the film, and the status of the Dumb and Dumber sequel with Jim Carrey. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
In April, we reported that Sean Anders and John Morris would direct the football comedy Three Mississippi starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. The plot centers on two Philadelphia neighbors whose annual Thanksgiving game of tackle football has become extraordinarily heated, and the two lead actors would play members of the opposing families with Wahlberg’s team always losing. But today Vulture reports that Wahlberg has dropped out the movie, and now Adam Sandler is in talks to replace him.
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Now that writer/director Adam McKay has an Anchorman sequel to prep, a couple new directors have been set to helm the Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg comedy Three Mississippi in his place. THR reports that the team of Sean Anders and John Morris are in negotiations to rewrite and direct the pic, which centers on two Philadelphia neighbors whose annual Thanksgiving game of tackle football has become extraordinarily heated. Ferrell and Wahlberg star as members of the opposing families, and last summer Alec Baldwin and Jeremy Renner were circling roles in the film. No word on their involvement at the moment, but I would love to see Wahlberg and Baldwin team up again.
Anders and Morris are best known for writing Hot Tub Time Machine, She’s Out of My League, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Anders made his directorial debut with 2008’s Sex Drive, and helmed the Adam Sandler/Andy Samberg comedy That’s My Boy which opens this summer. Though it’s sad to see McKay leave the director’s chair on this one, I guess Anchorman 2 is a fair trade. He’ll remain a producer on Three Mississippi, and Warner Bros. hopes to begin production on the film this September.
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber is in talks to step into the director’s chair for New Line’s pot-centric comedy We’re the Millers, which has been kicking around in development since 2002. THR reports that the project centers on a drug dealer who decides on his 30th birthday that he wants out of the game. But before he’s done for good, he decides to pull one final job, which involves him traveling to Mexico to invent a fake family in order to smuggle 1,400 pounds of marijuana back into the U.S.
We reported last year that Hot Tub Time Machine writers John Morris and Sean Anders would be co-directing the film, but that is obviously no longer the case. Will Arnett and Steve Buscemi had both been attached at different points to star in the project, and filmmaker Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty) was previously in talks to direct before Morris and Anders. As a huge fan of Dodgeball, I’m hoping that Thurber can light up what could potentially become the next stoner classic. Hopefully the project will finally get off the ground after years of struggling to get into production.
The Adam Sandler/Andy Samberg comedy I Hate You Dad may have just found an Academy Award nominee to join the cast. The Wrap reports that Colombia Pictures is looking at grabbing James Caan for a role in the film. The plot revolves around a father who moves in with his son and his son’s fiancé just before they’re about to get married.
Sean Anders and John Morris (Hot Tub Time Machine) are set to direct the comedy from a script by David Case, which subsequently got a rewrite by Ken Marino and David Wain (Role Models).
Sean Anders and John Morris, the screenwriters of Sex Drive and Hot Tub Time Machine, are in talks to helm the Adam Sandler/Andy Samberg comedy vehicle I Hate You Dad. Variety reports that this would mark the directorial debut for Morris (Anders directed Sex Drive). I Hate You Dad centers on a father who moves in with his son and immediately starts feuding with the son’s bride-to-be. The original script, by David Case, subsequently received a rewrite by David Wain and Ken Marino (Role Models). I Hate You Dad was slated for a June 22nd, 2012 release last month. Anders and Morris most recently scripted Mr. Poppers Penguins which stars Jim Carrey.
I can already see the film advertisements: “From the guys who brought you Hot Tub Time Machine and She’s Out of My League comes…a stoner comedy.” Regardless of whether or not this slogan is draped across endless marketing campaigns, the fact of the matter is that Sean Anders and John Morris will co-direct We’re the Millers. Beating out director Burr Steers (Charlie St. Cloud) for the gig, the two inherit a project that has been in development for several years. The original script was penned by Wedding Crashers scribes Steve Faber and Bob Fisher and, earlier in its production, Steve Buscemi was attached to star. Dan Fybel and Rich Rinaldi (The Sarah Silverman Program) have penned Millers most recent draft. While the odds that Buscemi is jumping back on board are probably slim, Anders and Morris’ hiring could mean that we will start seeing casting for the film fall into place soon enough.
According to 24 Frames, We’re the Millers “involves a veteran pot dealer coming up with a scheme to create a fake family to move a large shipment of marijuana across the U.S. border from Mexico.” Co-writers on both Hot Tub Time Machine and (in my opinion) the underrated She’s Out of My League, Anders also directed Sex Drive which he and Morris co-wrote. In addition to Millers, the duo are also penning a new installment in the Meatballs series.
The pot-centric comedy We’re the Millers has been kicking around in development for years now, with Steve Buscemi attached at one point (no longer). New Line would like to finally get the concept on screen. According to 24 Frames, Millers centers on a veteran pot dealer who “decides to create a fake family (the eponymous Millers) to move a large shipment of marijuana across the U.S. border from Mexico.”
Most of talent linked to the project have an associable credit on their filmography. Steve Faber and Bob Fisher (Wedding Crashers) wrote the first draft. Dan Fybel and Rich Rinaldi (The Sarah Silverman Program) are currently working on a rewrite. Sean Anders and John Morris (writers of Hot Tub Time Machine) are in the running to direct. Even Burr Steers, best known as the director of such Zac Efron vehicles as 17 Again and Charlie St. Cloud, and owner of a fantastic name, directed a 2005 episode of Weeds. There have been hints of greatness in the work of Anders/Morris, particularly Sex Drive — but I’d like to see the pair write for themselves. So I like Steers for the gig, provided he can find a role for Efron, and New Line calls it “Burr Steers’ We Are the Millers.” There’s always the possibility that Millers could again fail to gain momentum, but if New Line gets it going, the results could be interesting.
Jim Carrey has signed on to star in Mark Waters’ adaptation of the children’s book Mr. Popper’s Penguins. The story centers on Mr. Popper, a house painter who receives a male penguin in the mail from Antarctica (who’s the poor mailman who has to work Antarctica?), then a female penguin, and those two produce ten more penguins. Needing to keep them all fed and sheltered, Mr. Popper decides to turn the penguins into performers.
In June, we reported that Carrey, along with Jack Black and Owen Wilson, were among the actors under consideration to play Popper after Ben Stiller left the project along with his Greenberg director Noah Baumbach. Carrey recently starred in A Christmas Carol and I’m still waiting for I Love You Philip Morris to hit theaters. Yesterday, we reported that Summit Entertainment was courting Carrey to star in the comedy Under Cover. Waters’ previous credits include The Spiderwick Chronicles and Mean Girls. According to Deadline, Jared Stern (Bolt) is writing the latest version of a script by Sean Anders & John Morris (She’s Out of My League).
With She’s Out of My League opening on March 12, Paramount has provided us with 4 clips from the film. The movie stars Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, T.J. Miller, Mike Vogel, Nate Torrence, Krysten Ritter, Geoff Stults and Lindsay Sloane.
The premise is Baruchel plays an average Joe – with not much going for him – when out of the blue a successful and gorgeous woman falls for him. He’s stunned. So are his friends. The question then becomes how does he keep the girl.
Hit the jump to check out the clips and the full synopsis. Here’s the trailer and the red band trailer.