Producer Rodney Rothman on the Space Horror-Comedy THE SOMETHING and DOG OF THE SOUTH with Bill Hader and Greg Mottola!

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A few hours ago I was standing on the red carpet at the premiere of Get Him to the Greek in Hollywood.  While there I managed to land a number of interviews, but the first one I wanted to post was with Greek producer Rodney Rothman.  That’s because during the interview, Rothman went into great detail about two projects that I hadn’t heard of: the space horror-comedy The Something and Dog of the South – which he’s doing with Bill Hader and Greg Mottola (Paul, Superbad)!

For more on both projects, hit the jump:

bill_hader_imageAccording to Rothman, The Something is a space horror-comedy “about four guys in space who have been there for five years and hate each other and it kind of becomes Alien.”  He says he wants to cast “a couple of the really funny actors I know and then a couple other left-field actors.  And they basically end up boarding a ship that has women on it.  It’s the first time they’ve seen women in five years.  And then shit just goes crazy.”  He says he’s talking to directors and he’s hoping to make it next year at Universal.

During the interview he also talked about Dog of the South which he’s doing with Bill Hader and director Greg Mottola.  Describing the movie, he called it a “madcap road movie about a guy chasing his ex-wife through Central America.”  He went on to say Hader would play  “a guy from Arkansas who’s really tightly-wound who kind of drove his wife away and then goes on a quest to get her back but he claims that he’s on a quest to get his car back since she takes his car, which is like a Ford Tornio and it’s his favorite possession.”

Here’s the video and further down is a transcript of exactly what he said about his future projects.  Look for more red carpet interviews tomorrow.

Rodney Rothman

  • Biggest challenge of making Get Him to the Greek
  • The Something talk
  • Dog of the South Talk

What do you have coming up?

Rodney Rothman: I’m working on The Something.  It’s a space horror-comedy, basically.  And it’s at Universal, also.  I’m super-psyched about it.  We’re planning on making it next year and it’s just a movie about four guys in space who have been there for five years and hate each other and it kind of becomes Alien.  I want to cast a couple of the really funny actors I know and then a couple other left-field actors.  And they basically end up boarding a ship that has women on it.  It’s the first time they’ve seen women in five years.  And then shit just goes crazy.

Do you already have a director attached or are you talking to directors?

Rothman: I am.  I got some people in mind who are very exciting, I got some actors in mind who are very exciting, and hopefully we’re making it next year.  I’m super-psyched about that movie.  I think it’s going to be awesome.

Is this one of those things where you’re so focused on that project or do you also have some other things in the fire?

bill_hader_imageRothman: A few other things in the fire for sure.  But that’s the last thing that I wrote and am kind of obsessed over.  And so that’s one of my top priorities for next year.  But Nick [Stoller] and I are making another movie next year.  And there’s a bunch more stuff that I’m writing.  But I’m hoping Something is the next one up.  I gotta project with Bill Hader and Greg Mottola.  We have a project called Dog of the South that I’m really psyched for.

Is it a horror thing?

Rothman: Dog of the South is based on a Charles Portis book.  He’s the guy that wrote True Grit.  And it’s basically about a guy who’s tracking—his wife runs off with his arch-enemy and he tracks her through the credit card receipts through Mexico and Central America.  And that’s something Greg and I are kind of prepping with Hader.

Do you think that could be Greg’s project after Paul?

Rothman: It could be any of those projects in the next couple years, basically.  We’re prepping it.  We literally don’t know yet who’s going to do what.  We just love this book and we love Hader.  And Greg and I have been talking about Dog of the South for like five or six years so we optioned it ourselves because Charles Portis is this crazy—not crazy, actually, at all—he’s this awesome writer who lives in Arkansas and sent us a thank you letter from his typewriter.  He’s like in his eighties or nineties.  Amazing writer.  You should really read him.  His books are hilarious.  Dog of the South, Masters of Atlantis, True Grit—he’s a great writer.  And we want to make this madcap road movie about a guy chasing his ex-wife through Central America, basically.

I’m a huge fan of Hader and Mottola.

Rothman: So this is Hader playing like a guy from Arkansas who’s really tightly-wound who kind of drove his wife away and then goes on a quest to get her back but he claims that he’s on a quest to get his car back since she takes his car, which is like a Ford Tornio and it’s his favorite possession.




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