Today we’re sharing our final portion of Steve’s wide-ranging interview with director Shawn Levy. Steve recently got the chance to sit down with Levy in order to talk a bit about the visual effects work in Real Steel in lieu of the film’s Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects. Over the past few days, we’ve been bringing you various portions of the interview in which Levy gave updates on the many, many projects he currently has in development as:
In our final portion of the interview, we’ve got updates from Levy on Night at the Museum 3, The Fight Before Christmas (which is being rewritten by Jeremy Garelick), The Cannonball Run and The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto (which Levy may not direct after all). Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
Jason Bateman is a very busy man. He’s got two comedies opening this summer, The Change-Up and Horrible Bosses, plus he has to keep everyone updated on the Arrested Development movie. Well now he’s in early negotiations to join Vince Vaughn in the comedy Insane Laws. Marking the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up), the film focuses on two best friends whose lives are impacted when their kids begin dating. The situation is exacerbated when when Vaughn’s character’s daughter becomes pregnant.
Deadline reports that the actors recently did a read-through of the script, and that production could begin as soon as the fall. Garelick co-wrote The Break-Up with Vaughn, and performed extensive rewrites on The Hangover (director Todd Phillips claims Garelick was responsible for the lion’s share of the finished script). I think the comedic stylings of Bateman and Vaughn could make for some fantastic on-screen chemistry, so I’m hoping everything comes together on this project. Horrible Bosses opens July 8th, while The Change-Up hits theaters August 5th.
Universal is currently in negotiations to acquire a relationship comedy written by Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up) from Columbia. Insane Laws will be set up as a starring vehicle for Vince Vaughn, who will also produce. The film “focuses on two best friends and how their lives are impacted when their grown children fall in love, with one man’s daughter becoming pregnant by his best friend’s son.” THR reports that with the original deal at Columbia, Garelick was set to make his directorial debut on the project. No word on whether Universal will keep him on as director. Neil Moritz (I Am Legend) is on board as a producer.
It’s been over a year now since Michael Jackson passed away, but Jackson’s popularity is showing no signs of slowing down. Today, we have news that GK Films is developing a feature film based off of Jackson’s iconic music video, Thriller. The film will be written by Jeremy Garelick (The Hangover) and will focus on “the song’s folklore, involving Vincent Price and the town he grew up in”. Kenny Ortega, who directed Jackson’s posthumous concert film This is It, has signed on to helm the film. Hit the jump for a reminder of Thriller’s awesomeness along with some news on what other Jackson projects are in the works.
After making his name as a screenwriter on The Break-Up and The Hangover, Jeremy Garelick is now busy setting up a slew of directorial projects. Garelick already has a Baywatch adaptation and something called The Insane Laws in the works, and now he’s added two more: An Ex to Grind and Hassle Man.
Cameron Diaz and Benicio Del Toro are the stars at the center of An Ex to Grind, an adaptation of the Jane Heller novel. The plot centers around the now-successful wife (Diaz) of a former star athlete (Del Toro) as she devises a scheme to divorce him without paying alimony. Hit the jump for further details about Hassle Man.