With films like The Martian, Gravity, Interstellar, and Star Trek (and I suppose Star Wars), Hollywood has shown quite the interest in space these last few years. So it was only a matter of time until comedy took that giant leap. And according to THR, they’ll be doing so with their A-team.
Bill Hader, Seth Rogen, and Zach Galifianakis are set to star in The Something, a “space-set comedy” written by 22 Jump Street co-writer Rodney Rothman, who will make his directorial debut on the project. The film will follow a crew of astronauts who, after being stuck in space for years, eventually come across another space ship.
The project will be produced by Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s company Point Grey Pictures, alongside Good Universe, who together have recently found success with 50/50, This Is The End, and Neighbors. Accordingly, Rogen will also serve as a producer, as he has with those previous projects.
Even without that synopsis, I would be interested in anything these guys do together. They are some of the funniest comedians making movies today, and a film fronted by any one of them solo would be worthwhile, let alone one with all three. And it’s always good to see Hader in high-profile films like this. Last summer’s Trainwreck proved the guy can, and needs to be, in more leading man roles. This project should help with that.
As far as Rothman goes, I am not as familiar with his work. 22 Jump Street was well-received, so he has proven himself as a writer (even with Grudge Match also on his resume). But it will be interesting to see how he fairs as a director. If he was able to attract talented comedians like Rogen, Hader, and Galifianakis, though, all he has to do is not get in their way (while keeping them under control, of course). It sounds like we can probably expect plenty of CGI and special effects, but if This Is The End taught us anything (other than the fact that Michael Cera is not nice), it’s that comedy and CGI can be properly mixed together. Also, Rogen’s production company has had a string of hits, to the point that you almost expect them to find and make good projects. Let’s hope The Something will be one of them.