It looks like a sequel to the 2001 cult comedy Super Troopers may be ready to shoot later this year if Broken Lizard’s Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme are to be believed. Heffernan was quoted as saying:
“We wrote the script and handed it in to Fox, and now we’re just negotiating the time and the place and hopefully shoot it some time this year. I have to start growing my mustache now.”
This would certainly come as some good news for fans of the hilarious original picture, directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, that centered on a group of Vermont state troopers . Hit the jump to watch the trailer for the original.
We have a couple quick casting notes to report. First up, Paul Schneider (Lars and the Real Girl) will star in Broken Lizard’s new movie The Baby Maker. While Broken Lizard will star and the troupe’s Jay Chandrasekhar will direct, the script was penned by Ice Age: The Meltdown writers Peter Gaulke and Gerry Swallow. Per Variety, “Story follows a married couple who fail to conceive after months of trying, prompting the husband to enlist his friends’ help to rob a Pasadena sperm bank, where he made a deposit as a young man. All of the Broken Lizard members are expected to co-star, with Kevin Heffernan playing the protag’s crazy best friend, who hooks him up with an Estonian master thief, played by Chandrasekhar. Other Broken Lizard members include Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske.”
Why the sperm bank wouldn’t simply give him back his own seed is beyond me. I’m also surprised that sperm keeps for that long. Logistics aside, Schneider is terrific actor and it will be interesting to see him play against the Broken Lizard gang. Hit the jump for some casting news regarding the adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s Freaky Deaky.
Last week, we reported that Jackass star Johnny Knoxville was in talks to play Moe in The Farrelly Brothers’ The Three Stooges. However, THR is now reporting that while the Knoxville expressed interest in joining the project, no formal offer was made and the actor is considering two other projects over at Paramount.
As we reported at the beginning of the month, the two projects are Mustache Riders and First Man. Mustache Riders, would have Knoxville reuniting with his Jackass co-stars Bam Margera and Ryan Dunn and the Broken Lizard team for a comedy about a gang of crooks who set out to find a buried treasure alongside a grizzled outlaw. As for First Man, Knoxville would play the husband of a woman who is running for President.
Comedy Central has unveiled its entire development slate and, as to be expected, there are plenty of funny concepts in the bunch. The standouts include Highdeas, which explores such stoner-friendly hypotheticals as “white chocolate milk” and “hamster-sized rhinos”, JC, the animated New York City adventures of one Jesus Christ, and The Fuzz, a police procedural in a corrupt city where humans and puppets co-exist.
Also in development are potential series from the likes of Jon Benjamin (Archer), Broken Lizard (Super Troopers), and Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show), plus a Wating… adaptation from Rob McKittrick, the writer/director of the feature film that starred Ryan Reynolds. Note that this in addition to already announced projects from Will Ferrell, Nick Swardson, and The Onion. For a complete rundown, hit the jump.
I’m a huge fan of the Broken Lizard bunch and while I’m still upset that I still haven’t seen their latest film, The Slammin’ Salmon, I’m happy to hear that Universal Pictures and Motion Picture Corporation of America have picked up two projects from the group. The first project is called Rogue Scholars, which THR says is a “college comedy revolving around five unruly professors played by the members of Broken Lizard — Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske.” Details of the second project are being kept under wraps and both are still in the script stage.
The Broken Lizard films (Super Troopers, Club Dread, Beerfest) don’t tear up the box office, but they do well on DVD and build up a cult following. I put Super Troopers on my Top 20 of the 2000s list because it’s so quotable and never gets old. Hopefully, this is where the group turns a corner and finally gets their work out there in a big way.
The US Poster for Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus has finally arrived and it’s…not bad. I guess when you see a movie with Imaginarium in the title, you expect it to be more imaginative, like this poster. It’s no big deal but it does continue the campaign to make Heath Ledger the focal point of the film. I don’t want to say it’s getting borderline-crass but it as at the point where I’m expecting the tagline “Heath Ledger’s Last Film Ever!”
Still, it’s better than the first poster for Broken Lizard’s upcoming film The Slammin’ Salmon. Granted, there’s never been a spectacular poster for a Broken Lizard film. In fact, they all seem to look like the same folks who design the covers of direct-to-video comedies. BL’s movies certainly have broad humor but I feel like it’s the little jokes which make them work so well. I also feel that a poster which highlighted a little joke but one no one would understand without seeing the film movie could be more effective. I think the average moviegoer would be intrigued if they saw a poster with a naked Kevin Heffernan, his hands in front of his junk, covered in a white powder and then just the quote: “The lice hate the sugar.” I’m afraid folks are going to see this poster and just write off the film. That’s unfortunate because I think they have a unique brand of comedy that adds something to mainstream movies. But hit the jump for both posters and perhaps you’ll like them more than I do.
Anchor Bay Films is going to get a pass from me for a while because they picked up Broken Lizard’s newest film, “The Slammin’ Salmon” and will distribute it to theaters this December. Every time I saw an update from BL on Facebook, I would wonder when I would finally get to see the movie which premiered at Slamdance this past January. Now I get to see it before the end of the year and I’m beyond excited. Hit the jump for details.