Director Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) has been tapped to direct the family-centered comedy The Fight Before Christmas. The pic, which was scripted by Adam Sztykiel (Due Date) is being produced by Shawn Levy. Variety reports that while no casting decisions have been made, they’re considering a number of actors. Chief among the thespians being considered is Bradley Cooper, who is apparently circling the project (as well as every other movie currently in development). No specific plot details are given other than it’s a “family-centered comedy”, though we can safely assume the pic takes place during the holidays.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Proposal, and Due Date was a bit of a misfire, so I don’t have the highest of hopes for this one. Fletcher recently helmed the comedy My Mother’s Curse starring Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand, which is set to hit theaters November 2012.
by Jeff Ames Posted: October 21st, 2010 at 12:16 pm
The Emmy-nominated comic-writing duo of Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, best known for their work on NBC’s popular television series The Office, are set to touch up Adam Sztykiel’s re-write of the (Due Date) script to Neil Strauss’ non-fiction best-selling book The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists. Dan Weiss had been tapped to write the screenplay to the adaptation, according to Variety with director Ari Sandel (Wild West Comedy Show) on board to direct the film, which is being financed by Spyglass Entertainment and produced by Chris Wietz’s (American Pie) company Depth of Field.
A start date has not been confirmed, but Sandel is still committed to the project according to The Wrap. Eisenberg and Stupnitsky have long been attached to the rumored Ghostbusters 3 for Columbia Pictures. The pair also wrote Year One and the upcoming Cameron Diaz comedy Bad Teacher.
It used to be the case that Neil Strauss was not so lucky with the females, and wrote of his efforts to rectify this travesty in The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists. As the title suggests, Strauss discovered a community of pickup artists who offer their tips for seduction to schmucks like Neil for a price. I’m sure their services are completely legitimate and would prove very useful for someone like myself, but the “God of the pickup community” is apparently an aspiring Toronto magician named Mystery. Just sayin’.
Anyway, Lionsgate thinks Strauss’ story has the makings of a movie; Variety reports the studio has hired Adam Sztykiel (Due Date) to script the adaptation, while newcomer Ari Sandel will direct. It all sounds a bit icky to me, but check out the full literary plot synopsis for yourself after the jump.