Last week, we reported that the gay romantic comedy I Love You Phillip Morris had been pushed back indefinitely. I was slightly unhappy upon hearing this news. Variety now reports that the film will hit theaters in a limited release on July 30th and begin expanding on August 6th. I find this…acceptable.
The film, which stars Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, debuted at last year’s Sundance Film Festival to positive critical reception. Hit the jump for the official synopsis.
Sorry Philip Morris, somebody really doesn’t love you. I Love You Phillip Morris, a dark comedy starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, which had its premiere way back at Sundance 2009 was scheduled to be released this month. Now, the LA Times is reporting that Consolidated Pictures Group has delayed it indefinitely.
Based on a true story, Carrey stars as con artist who falls in love with his prison cellmate, Phillip Morris, played by McGregor. It’s written and directed by Bad Santa screenwriters Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. After premiering at Sundance, the film played Cannes and was scheduled to be released on March 26, before being bumped to April 30. Now, it has no date at all.
After the jump, check out the trailer for the film and read why I think this – pretty darn great – film finds itself sitting on a shelf.
Analeigh Tipton doesn’t seem to be hurting too much from her loss on the 5th season of America’s Next Top Model. Fresh off shooting a role in the Seth Rogen fueled, The Green Hornet, Tipton appears to be in final negotiations to land a role alongside Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone in the currently untitled marital crisis comedy being directed by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (I Love You Phillip Morris).
According to Variety, the story centers on a father whose life unravels while he deals with spousal problems and tries to manage his relationship with his children. Tipton would be playing a babysitter who develops a crush on Carell’s character while his 13-year-old son lusts after her.
More images of Analeigh Tipton after the jump:
Ryan Gosling chilled us to the bone in Murder by Numbers; he made us ache with empathy in Lars and the Real Girl; he made us swoon/roll our eyes in The Notebook. But the question remains: can he make us shoot overpriced cola out of our noses? We’ll find out soon enough. Variety reports (and laineygossip.com reported a couple days ago) that the 29-year-old Canadian actor is set to co-star in an upcoming Steve Carell comedy for Warner Brothers. The as-yet-untitled project is said to revolve around a man (Carell) contending with marital troubles and a sputtering relationship with his children. Gosling will assume the role of the central character’s “suave best friend” in the pic, which will be helmed by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, directors of the upcoming and already-controversial black comedy I Love You Phillip Morris.
Details on this project are obviously sparse at this point. The script was written by Dan Fogelman, the scribe behind typically light fare like Bolt, Cars, and Fred Claus. However, given the presence of Gosling along with helmers Requa and Ficarra (who you might also know as the writers of Bad Santa), I don’t think it’d be unreasonable to expect this particular Carell comedy to be a bit darker/weightier in nature.
According to Variety, I Love You Phillip Morris directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra are in negotiations to follow up their acclaimed gay comedy with an untitled comedy set to star Steve Carell. Not much is known about the film beyond the logline on Dan Fogelman’s script:
“Carell will play a father whose life unravels while he deals with a marital crisis and tries to manage his relationship with his children.”
While it sounds less like a straight comedy and more like a dramedy, Warner Bros. picked up the film last month for a cool $2 million. Fogelman’s previous credits include the screenplays for Cars, Fred Claus, and Bolt while Requa and Ficarra’s previous credits include the scripts for Bad Santa but also more kid-themed fare like Cats & Dogs and the remake of The Bad News Bears. It remains to be seen how far into family-fare Fogelman’s script goes, but I would wager it’s in line with his previous screenplays.
One of the best films I saw at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was “I Love You Phillip Morris”. As I said after I saw it, not only is the film laugh out loud funny, but by the end, you might even have tears in your eyes. Trust me, while the film takes tons of random turns, each road traveled eventually gets you back to the heart of the film…. Steven Russell’s (Jim Carrey) love of Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor).
Anyhow, while America has to wait till February 12, 2010 to see this brilliant film, with only two months till the movie plays in France, EuropaCorp Distribution has released the first official trailer and it’s after the jump. It’ll give you a great feel for the movie. Take a look:
Via THR, Reese Witherspoon is attached to star in Universal’s upcoming comedy, “Pharm Girl” written (and possibly directed by) “I Love You Phillip Morris” writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.
The project centers on a woman (Witherspoon) who gets a job at a pharmaceutical powerhouse but begins to see the underbelly of the industry as she rises through the company’s ranks. So…she has to rise through the ranks in order to see the underbelly of a giant pharmaceutical company? Is her character ridiculously stupid or just astoundingly oblivious?
I would quickly write this film off but I’ve heard such great things about “Phillip Morris”, that I’m willing to assume that Ficarra and Requa are going to do some dark satire with the film and that Witherspoon will bring back the bite she showed off so long ago in “Election”.
One of the standout films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival was writer/director’s Glenn Ficarra & John Requa “I Love You Phillip Morris”. While the pressure was on for these new director’s as they had Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Rodrigo Santoro and Leslie Mann involved, I can tell you the film absolutely delivered on both ends of the spectrum. Not only is the film laugh out loud funny, but by the end, you might even have tears in your eyes. Trust me, while the film takes tons of random turns, each road traveled eventually gets you back to the heart of the film…. Steven Russell’s (Jim Carrey) love of Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor).
Anyway, after the Festival ended, anyone who saw the movie assumed it would land distribution. It was that good. But I’d heard rumblings that many thought the film was too gay, and that it wouldn’t play for certain audiences.
Thankfully, someone believes in the film, as it has finally landed domestic distribution (Consolidated Pictures Group), and it’s going to be in theaters next Valentine’s Day. Finally, if you’d like to see my exclusive interview with writer/diretor’s Glenn Ficarra and John Requa – click here. They were great to talk with.