This weekend is the press junket for the raunchy and outrageous comedy That’s My Boy, in which Adam Sandler plays Donny Berger, the screw-up who became a teenage parent when his smoking hot teacher gave birth to his child while in jail. While Collider was there, we got the opportunity to do an exclusive interview with director Sean Anders (Sex Drive), to talk about his involvement with the film and what he’ll be working on next.
We’ll run what he had to say about collaborating with Adam Sandler and how crazy the improvisation got on set closer to the film’s June 15th release, but we did want to share what he had to say about signing on to write and direct Three Mississippi (with partner John Morris), about two Philadelphia neighbors whose annual Thanksgiving game of tackle football has become extraordinarily heated, the possibility of a Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler pairing for the film, and the status of the Dumb and Dumber sequel with Jim Carrey. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
SEAN ANDERS: That’s something that is just in the planning stages right now. That actually came up the other direction. It isn’t a result of being in the Adam Sandler club. We were actually working on the script for a different Will Ferrell movie, right after That’s My Boy wrapped up. And then, because of Anchorman 2 and a bunch of other moves that got made, it became apparent that Three Mississippi was going to be his next movie. We are huge Will Ferrell fans, so because of our involvement with the other thing, we got involved with that one, and we ultimately got hired to rewrite and direct it.
How the Adam part of it came to pass was that one of Will’s producers had talked to Adam and said, “We’re going to do this project with these guys. How did you like working with them?” Adam said really nice stuff about us, and then he said, “What’s the project?” I didn’t even talk to him about it. They told him what the project was and Adam said, “Well, that sounds like fun.” And then, I got a call and they said, “Adam Sandler is talking about being in it,” and I was just like, “No way! There’s no way he’s going to do that! He’s doing Grown Ups 2. He’s going to be too busy. That’s really cool that he wants to, but there’s no way that’s going to happen.” But, a week later, they said he was really interested. So, I called Adam myself and said, “I don’t want to put you on the spot here, but if you’re up for this, that would be gigantic,” and he was like, “Yeah!”
It’s still in the talking process right now, but it’s interesting because that didn’t come from anyone saying, “Hey, we did this one, let’s do another one right away.” It was more like we went off to do this other thing and it just happened that way. I’m really excited about it. I’m hoping that it goes that way. Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler together in this movie would be amazing!
ANDERS: For me, it’s all the way along. That was the first thing that John [Morris] and I wrote when we were just wrapping up post on That’s My Boy. We had met with Jim Carrey right before we flew to Boston to shoot this movie. We had a meeting, and then went right to the airport. And then, the whole summer, the Farrelly’s producer was calling me and saying, “Hey, have you had a chance to work on the script?,” and I was like, “Dude, no! We’re crazy busy!” So, we hadn’t done anything.
And then, when things were finally starting to slow down a little bit, in the post-production process, we went off and wrote Dumb and Dumber 2, and had a blast writing it. We turned it in and everybody was really happy and excited, and then Pete and Bobby took the script and went off and did their thing with it. Now, what I’m hearing from those guys is that they’re about to sit down with Jim Carrey and work through it with him. The hope is that it goes into production this Fall. That was another pinch yourself thing. Dumb and Dumber is one of my all-time favorite movies. We’re huge Farrelly brothers fans, and it was great to get to know those guys and work with those guys.
You have to understand where we come from. My writing partner, John [Morris], and I are just guys that made a movie with a cheap video camera, just for fun with our friends, and it turned into craziness. We never set out to have a career. We weren’t guys that were going to film school and killing ourselves to get an agent. We just made this movie for fun, and then one thing led to another and led to another and, pretty soon, we were writing Dumb and Dumber 2 and thinking, “What is going on here?!” We’re very grateful and very excited, but very terrified a lot of the time, too. When you’re working on that script, you have so much fun writing it, but then also you think, “Jesus Christ, this is Dumb and Dumber 2. I don’t want to screw this up!”
Look for our full interview with Sean Anders closer to the June 15 release of That’s My Boy.