Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Colin Farrell in Talks for HORRIBLE BOSSES for Director Seth Gordon

     May 11, 2010

Since 2005, New Line has been trying to get the workplace murder comedy Horrible Bosses off the ground.  In the years the project sat in development hell, people like Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Ashton Kutcher, Dax Shepherd, and Matthew McConaughey were at one point attached to star and Frank Oz, Roger Kumble and David Dobkin were going to direct.

Now, after years of trying, it seems Horrible Bosses is actually moving forward as Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Colin Farrell are in talks to star in the film.   The movie is about three best friends who decide to kill each other’s bosses.  More after the jump:

According to THR and Variety, New Line wants to shoot the Seth Gordon directed comedy this summer in Los Angeles and the script was originally written by Michael Markowitz – but Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley have recently done a rewrite.  Brett Ratner and Jay Stern are producing.

Here’s a more detailed synopsis:

Jason Bateman will play a man who believes his hard work will be rewarded but when he gets passed over for a promotion, he hits rock bottom. Charlie Day plays a hapless guy, always in the wrong place at the wrong time. A part still to be cast is a ladies’ man who is good at his job, but gets a rude awakening when his boss passes away and gets replaced.

According to the trades, New Line wants to cast some A-list names to play the bosses, with Colin Farrell in talks to play one of them.  It seems the bosses will be a master manipulator, a sexually aggressive dentist and a weasely-looking scion.

While some of you might not know Charlie Day’s work (he’s one of the leads on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), I think if he lands the right role he could blow up like Zach Galifianakis after The Hangover.  Also, Jason Bateman is an awesome actor who delivers the goods in every movie.

What I’m trying to say is…if this cast comes together and the script is as good as I’ve heard, this might be a great comedy to look forward to.  More as we hear it.

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