With director David Dobkin’s The Change-Up opening in a few weeks, I was able to get on the phone with him yesterday to talk about the movie. While I’m embargoed from writing a review…I will say that The Change-Up is extremely funny and the last time I laughed that hard in a theater was Bridesmaids. Definitely recommended.
Anyway, towards the end of the interview, Dobkin gave me some updates on his King Arthur movie and also what’s up with the Vacation reboot/sequel which he’s producing. While I knew his King Arthur movie was a priority at Warner Bros., I had no idea they were already casting and they’re planning on filming this January in London. Much more after the jump.
With the smashing success of The Hangover, screenwriters Jon Lucas and Scott Moore have become a couple of Hollywood’s go-to guys for R-rated comedy. The Change-Up will be their first R-rated follow-up to The Hangover, and expectations are high, but it looks like the duo have delivered yet again. This time they’ve spun the family-friendly concept of a body-switching comedy into a R-rated comedy and they could very well have another hit on their hands.
On our visit to the set, we spoke with Lucas (unfortunately, Moore was unable to be there that day) about his R-rated take on traditionally PG material, the process of developing the script, what the cast brings to the table, and more. Hit the jump to check out the interview. The Change-Up opens August 5th.
Chris Nolan and Jon Favreau add their voices to April’s open letter appeal by The National Association of Theater Owners protesting to DirecTV’s new Premium VOD service, Home Premiere. Home Premiere is a video-on-demand service backed by four major studios, Fox, Universal, Warner Bros., and Sony, which provides audiences with the opportunity to rent a new film two months after release, for the price of $29.95. According to THR, the Batman Begins and Iron Man directors are two of the latest signatories to oppose the service among a group of high profile talent including Quentin Tarantino, M. Night Shyamalan and David Dobkin, plus screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) and former president of Warner Home Video, Jim Cardwell.
Hit the jump for more on this controversy.
While The Hangover receives a lot of credit for creating the recent R-rated comedy boom, the short-term memory of audiences has forgotten that back in 2005, director David Dobkin was behind the biggest R-rated comedy of all-time with Wedding Crashers. The film grossed over $200 million domestic off a $40 million budget, and raked up a 75% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But even if you set those other factors aside, you would still have a hilarious movie that stands on its own as Dobkin skillfully wove together raunchy comedy, dark humor, and a surprising amount of heart. After taking a detour with the PG Fred Claus, Dobkin has returned to R-rated comedy and while eclipsing Wedding Crashers is a high bar, he may have cleared it with his new film The Change-Up. The film stars Jason Batetman and Ryan Reynolds as two old friends who piss in a fountain and end up switching bodies. Freaky Friday this is not.
My fellow movie bloggers and I spoke with Dobkin on the set of the film and talked about his return to R-rated comedy, borrowing the visual language of the traditionally family-film oriented “body-switching comedy”, what appealed to him about the story, and much more. Hit the jump to check out the interview. The Change-Up opens August 5th.
Several years ago, Georgia passed legislation promoting generous tax incentives to studios and producers, and as a result the filmmaking industry in the state has been booming. Films shot here include Zombieland, The Crazies, Fast Five, Hall Pass, and the upcoming R-rated comedy The Change-Up. This past January, I traveled to Powder Springs, GA with some fellow movie bloggers to visit the set of the film. While director David Dobkin made a slight detour in 2007 with the family film Fred Claus, what I saw on the set convinced me that The Change-Up is going to be the worthy successor to Dobkin’s smash 2005 comedy Wedding Crashers. The movie is an R-rated take on the classic body-switching premise that was best used in Freaky Friday. The interplay between stars Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds looked terrific, we saw some great jokes that had us struggling to suppress laughter so we could be quiet on the set, and as someone who has spent most of his life in Atlanta, I was pleased to learn that my hometown will actually be in the film as Atlanta.
Hit the jump for to read about my visit to the set of the film (and don’t worry—I’m not going to spoil any of the jokes). The Change-Up opens August 5th.
The first trailer for The Change-Up has gone online along with the poster and a couple of images. The film is a body-switching comedy like Freaky Friday except instead of kooky hijinks that bring a mother and daughter closer together, it’s a raunchy, foul-mouthed set of hijinks that centers on two estranged friends played by Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman. Bateman is the uptight family man while Reynolds’ character is a man-child who dreams of making it big as a Hollywood actor even though he lives in Atlanta. I got to visit the set earlier this year and I really liked what I saw, so hopefully the film lives up to my expectations.
Hit the jump to check out the red-band trailer, poster, and new images. The film also stars Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde, and Alan Arkin. The Change-Up opens August 5th.
For me, the greatest outcome of The King’s Speech‘s success was getting to know screenwriter David Seidler — the wittiest, most eloquent interviewee on the press circuit in 2010. One Oscar later, and Seidler is rightfully in demand. He just signed on to write for two projects: the family drama The Judge and the WWII tale Games of 1940.
Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) wrote the original script for The Judge, which centers on an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral — he learns that his father who suffers from Alzheimer’s is suspected of murder. Warner Bros. has hired Seidler to rewrite the screenplay. David Dobkin (Fred Claus) will direct The Judge and produce with Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey.
Hit the jump for more on Games of 1940.
Olivia Wilde has signed on to co-star in the body-switching comedy The Change-Up. The film is about a married man (played by Jason Bateman) who switches bodies with his slacker best friend (played by Ryan Reynolds). According to Deadline, Wilde will play a co-worker at Bateman’s law firm who’s an impetus for the body switch. The Change-Up is directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) and was written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover). Production is slated to begin this fall.
Wilde has been keeping busy. In addition to starring on the weekly medical drama House, she recently wrapped filming on Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens and is co-starring in the satirical comedy Butter with Jennifer Garner and Hugh Jackman. She’ll be seen in theaters this November in the Russell Crowe thriller The Next Three Days and then the following month in Disney’s sci-fi blockbuster TRON: Legacy.
Warner Bros. and MGM are trying to convince Peter Jackson that the best man to replace Guillermo del Toro on The Hobbit is Peter Jackson. On May 30th, del Toro dropped out of the project. The following day, Jackson said in an interview that if they’re unable to find a suitable director to replace del Toro, he would consider stepping in “to protect Warner Bros.’ investment.” Deadline now reports that the studios are pushing him to take the job and will do so until the Oscar-winning director gives a definitive no.
So if he gives that “definitive no”, who’s going to take the job. Deadline confirms the earlier report that David Yates (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) has expressed interest in the job. They also add two cringe-worthy names to the “expressed-interest” list: David Dobkin (Fred Claus) and…ugh…Brett Ratner (X-Men: The Last Stand). Hit the jump for reasons why Jackson may turn down the project and why these guys are among the filmmakers Warner Bros/MGM might hire for the job.
Yesterday I posted part one of “Seven Days With Producer Neal Moritz”. During the first installment from my extended interview, we discussed Fast and the Furious 5 and 6 as well as the reboot of Highlander. For today’s installment, I’ve got an update on the feature film adaptation of the graphic novel R.I.P.D. (Rest In Peace Department) and the David Dobkin’s directed comedy The Change-Up.
The big news is Moritz told me Ryan Reynolds will be starring in R.I.P.D. and that it’s hopefully going to film next January – right after he films The Change-Up alongside Jason Bateman. For more on both projects, hit the jump.
Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman have signed on to star in the Universal comedy, The Change-Up. According to Variety, the story “centers on a responsible family man (Bateman) who switches bodies with his best friend, a lazy man-child (Reynolds).
This was a popular theme when Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron exchanged bodies in Like Father, Like Son way back in 1987. And then again, when Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage did the same a year later in Vice Versa. Women helped to lead the body-switching way with the 1976 comedy Freaky Friday starring Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster. This concept about complete opposites switching bodies is nothing new to Hollywood. However, I think this particular film will be worth your time and money. Hit the jump to find out why.
While rumors of another Vacation movie being developed is hardly new, it seems the rumor is actually real. According to Variety, New Line is getting ready to follow a new generation of the Griswold family on an adventure. To make it happen, the studio has hired screenwriters Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Sam Weir from Freaks and Geeks!) to pen the update. David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) is going to produce. For more on where the Griswold’s will go, hit the jump:
Pajiba is reporting that Denzel Washington and Will Smith are in talks to co-star in a remake of Uptown Saturday Night. The 1974 comedy was directed by Sidney Poitier and starred Poitier and Bill Cosby as two friends who meet up at a nightclub and get robbed of their wallets only to discover the next morning that one of their wallets contained a winning lottery ticket. Mark and Robb Cullen (Cop Out) are currently rewriting the script with David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) attached to direct.
As fun as this team up might be, you should keep in mind that this film is still in its earliest stages of development. Both stars have a lot of projects coming up and if you’re a regular reader of this site, you know that there is a lot of shuffling involved before a project is properly set up and go ahead with production. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for this one though since I would like to see this acting duo working together, especially in a comedy.
As always, we’ll keep you updated.