It’s only been a year since Judd Apatow released his third film as writer/director, Funny People, but the man is hard at work on his next project. Universal has confirmed to us that the currently untitled film will be released by on June 1, 2012, a week before the release of Andrew Stanton’s (Finding Nemo) adaptation of John Carter of Mars. There’s no word yet on the story of the film, or even possible cast, but it’s still very early as Apatow has yet to finish the screenplay.
If you follow Apatow on Twitter, you might have already been aware that he’s been writing a new project (well, more like procrastinating writing by posting random pictures of his face, but you get the gist). In the meantime, he’s been hard at work on producing a litany of projects since Funny People was released last year. First up is his Freaks and Geeks partner Paul Feig’s next directorial effort, Bridesmaids, starring Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm, and Kristin Wiig (Wiig also co-wrote the project). Apatow’s also producing Wanderlust, which is currently being shot by Role Models director David Wain and stars Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston. For more on those projects, and other upcoming films Apatow is lending a hand to, hit the jump.
Bridesmaids finds Rudolph playing the bride-to-be, with Wiig and Damages star Rose Byrne playing her bridesmaids battling each other in order to plan the perfect wedding. David Wain is directing Wanderlust from a script by himself and Ken Marino, who also wrote Role Models and the fantastic Wet Hot American Summer. Alongside Aniston and Rudd, the film also stars Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, and Malin Akerman (Watchmen). The story reportedly centers on an urban couple who lose all of their money and take refuge at a commune. In addition to those projects, Apatow will be producing Business Trip starring his wife, Leslie Mann, and the glorious feature film return of Pee-Wee Herman.
Personally, as much as I love Apatow’s various productions, I can’t wait for another original film from the man himself. I’m in the minority in that I enjoyed Funny People. Sure it was too long, and at times seemed like two different movies, but I couldn’t help feeling that it was his most mature work to date. That’s not to say that The 40-Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up were bad. They’re two of the funniest films of the past 20 years (With Virgin sure to stand the test of time as a comedy classic), but it’s not hard to see a progression of maturity in his filmography. He’s refining himself and becoming more and more like his hero James L. Brooks, with even a little hint of Cameron Crowe. Nevertheless, I’m sure the film will be chock full of laughs. The man knows funny. I’m just thankful for a writer/director who puts as much heart into his work as he does. Lord knows we could do with a few more Knocked Up’s and a few less Meet the Spartans’.