A formidable comedy trifecta is taking shape for a new comedy film. Gary Sanchez Productions, Point Grey Pictures, and Good Universe announced today that they have acquired an untitled comedy pitch from actor/writer Ben Schwartz (House of Lies, Parks and Recreation), with Seth Rogen attached to star and Anchorman and Step Brothers helmer Adam McKay onboard to direct. Schwartz will also co-star in the film, with Rogen noting, “Every two thousand years the planets of our galaxy align in a perfect line that funnels the cosmic energies of the universe to flow into one perfect comedic collaboration. The time is now. This is that project. Nothing will ever be the same.” Rogen will also produce the film alongside McKay, Evan Goldberg, and Will Ferrell.
Schwartz recently worked with Rogen and Goldberg as an actor on the upcoming comedy The Interview, and he is a constant scene-stealer whenever he pops up on NBC’s Parks and Recreation as Jean-Ralphio. Throw in the impeccable comedic talents of McKay and Rogen, and this project looks incredibly promising. Read the full, humorous press release after the jump.
LOS ANGELES, CA (September 18, 2014) – Gary Sanchez Productions, Point Grey Pictures and Good Universe announced today that they have pre-emptively purchased an untitled comedy pitch from actor and Emmy® Award-winning writer Ben Schwartz which Adam McKay is attached to direct and Seth Rogen is attached to star in. Schwartz will also co-star in the film.
Point Grey principals Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce alongside Gary Sanchez’s Will Ferrell, McKay and Kevin Messick. Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will executive produce with Erin Westerman overseeing for the company. Robyn Wholey will Co-Produce.
“Evan and Seth have been doing amazing things and we’re so excited to work with them. Ben, not so much. Most of my problems with him are personal ones, but I have to give it up…he did come up with a great idea,” said McKay.
“Every two thousand years the planets of our galaxy align in a perfect line that funnels the cosmic energies of the universe to flow into one perfect comedic collaboration. The time is now. This is that project. Nothing will ever be the same,” said Rogen with Goldberg adding, “McKay and Schwartz are reeeeeeal smart, well-endowed guys and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with them.”
The multi-hyphenate Schwartz won the 2009 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special. Schwartz has sold pitches No Heart’s Club and Would You Ratherto Universal with Imagine Entertainment producing. Hired by Paramount to re-boot the comedy Soapdish, Schwartz’s script El Fuego Caliente was included on the prestigious 2011 Blacklist. Schwartz will next be seen in Warner Bros’ This is Where I Leave You and recently wrapped production on Robert Zemeckis’ next film The Walk for TriStar. He is also returning for NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” and Showtime’s “House of Lies.”
Schwartz is represented by WME, Lev Ginsburg at Ginsburg Daniels and Haven Entertainment. Adam McKay is represented by WME, Mosaic and Level Four Business Management. Gary Sanchez is represented by WME, CAA and Jackoway Tyerman. Seth Rogen and Point Grey are represented by UTA and attorney Fred Toczek. Dan Freedman negotiated on behalf of Good Universe.