Today, we have yet another comedy screenplay floating around Hollywood whose pitch begins with “It’s The Hangover meets . . .”; this one has its eyes on Jack Nicholson to star. According to Vulture, screenwriter Dan Fogelman (Cars, Bolt) has scripted the tale of four baby boomer childhood friends who reunite decades later to witness the marriage of Billy, the lifelong bachelor role earmarked for Nicholson–I’ma go ahead and end the pitch with ” . . . meets Space Cowboys.” Fogelman has slapped the grammatically defiant title LASt VEGAS on the front page, though I’ll consider it a working title because neither I nor marquees are very fond of it.
After the jump, you’ll find a sneak peak at Fogelman’s script which gives a sense of why Nicholson was forwarded a draft.
If you want strong, quiet dignity with a voice so reassuring that you want it for every audiobook ever made, you call Morgan Freeman. That’s why him shouting “Somebody kill THIS motherfucker!” in “Wanted” was one of the best movie moments of 2008. Watching Freeman subvert his image has great comedic potential and it looks like Josh Cagan and Greg Coolidge’s script, “Old Dirty Man” may do just that. Hit the jump for more details.
Jack Nicholson may re-team with writer/director James L. Brooks for a third time after reports that Bill Murray has gone MIA from the director’s upcoming film. It’s not that filming began and then Murray dropped out midway. According to Variety, Bill Murray had been in talks to portray the blueblood father of Paul Rudd’s character, but no deal closed. In recent weeks Murray’s interest in the project waned and he fell out of touch. My guess: Murray has just gotten really into playing “Left 4 Dead” and he can’t pull himself away from his XBOX 360. You can’t hold that against him.
Nicholson previously worked with Brooks on “Terms of Endearment” and “As Good As It Gets” and was rewarded with Oscars both times. The Variety articles also notes that he would be the last piece of major casting with Rudd playing a white-collar executive vying for Witherspoon’s affections, and Wilson portraying a professional baseball pitcher who is also a love interest. I say why stop at a love triangle? Make it a love quadrangle with Nicholson in the mix. You know he’s still got it.