Rawson Marshall Thurber to Direct CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE; Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant to Write Screenplay

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We’re the Millers was a sleeper hit this past summer, and I’m surprised there hasn’t publicly been any movement on a sequel.  In any event, the film’s director, Rawson Marshall Thurber, is lining up a new project by signing on to helm Choose Your Own AdventureWe first reported on the adaptation of the book series last year with 20th Century Fox and producer John Davis hoping to turn Choose Your Own Adventure into a “cross-platform four-quadrant action adventure franchise.”  That’s clearly not going to be in the R-rated territory of Millers, but the director handled PG-13 comedy incredibly well with 2004′s Dodgeball, a film that still holds up ten years later.

Unfortunately, THR also reports that screenwriters Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant will be handling the script.  What’s frustrating about the duo is they know how to be funny.  Reno 911! and The State are proof.  But Lennon and Garant really pander to the lowest common denominator in their scripts for the Night at the Museum franchise as well as The Pacifier.  Then again, they also wrote the book How to Make Movies for Fun and Profit, which could also be titled Yeah, We Know Those Movies Suck, but They’re Financially Successful, so There.  It’s actually a pretty good book.

WE’RE THE MILLERS Blu-ray Review

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You never know what comedies are going to break through.  Where studios now mostly rely on brand names and franchises to have hits, comedies — though usually stacked with name players – are that much trickier, even if they’re hilarious.  We’re the Millers was one of this summer’s biggest surprise hits, and after watching both the theatrical and extended cut, it’s easy to see why.  The film, which stars Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, is consistently funny.  My review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

TOP 5: New Trailer for THOR: THE DARK WORLD, ELYSIUM Interviews, New DOCTOR WHO, PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, WE’RE THE MILLERS

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Last night I had the chance to check out We’re the Millers with a group of friends and while I wouldn’t classify it as a “Must See!”, it’s a plenty serviceable R-rated comedy. As you can probably tell from the trailers, English actor Will Poulter delivers some of the biggest laughs and, for my money, it’s hard to go wrong with Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn in most anything. Aside from its tendency to settle for just being “OK”, my only real gripe would be that the film’s premise exceeds its execution. On paper, it has the potential to be a hilarious, yet incisive, play on the nuclear family. On screen, it turns the convention on its head before ultimately forcing its characters to conform to many of its tenets.

Although I’m sure you can never get enough of my one paragraph film reactions, we must move on to this week’s Top 5. Included this week is the new trailer for Thor: The Dark World, Elysium interviews with Neill Blomkamp and more, the new Doctor Who, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters interviews, and a slew of We’re the Millers interviews with the cast and director Rawson Marshall Thurber. Per routine, a brief recap and link to each of the above kindly requests your attention after the jump.

Director Rawson Marshall Thurber Talks WE’RE THE MILLERS, Test Screenings, Unrated Cuts, What Happened with the MAGNUM P.I. Movie, and More

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Opening this week is director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) R-rated comedy We’re the Millers.  The film centers on a single, small-time pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) who ends up in debt to his supplier (Ed Helms).  In order to bring the next shipment of drugs up from Mexico, he puts together a fake family comprised of his stripper neighbor (Jennifer Aniston), an eager teen (Will Poulter) and a streetwise punk (Emma Roberts).  The supporting cast also includes the hilarious Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn.  For more on the film, watch seven clips or read Matt’s review.

At the New York City press day, I landed an extended video interview with Marshall Thurber.  He talked about balancing the gross, raunchy material with a lot of heart, the casting process, what he learned from working for screenwriter John August, whether there will be an extended cut on Blu-ray, deleted scenes, the test screening process, future projects, what happened with the Magnum P.I. movie, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Kathryn Hahn, and Director Rawson Marshall Thurber Talk WE’RE THE MILLERS

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Opening this week is director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) R-rated comedy We’re the Millers.  The film centers on a single, small-time pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) who ends up in debt to his supplier (Ed Helms).  In order to bring the next shipment of drugs up from Mexico, he puts together a fake family comprised of his stripper neighbor (Jennifer Aniston), an eager teen (Will Poulter) and a streetwise punk (Emma Roberts).  The supporting cast also includes the hilarious Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn.  For more on the film, watch seven clips or read Matt’s review.

Last week, I attended a fun press conference with Sudeikis, Aniston, Roberts, Poulter, Hahn, and Marshall Thurber in New York City.  They talked about making the film, how Aniston got in shape for the role, improv, their favorite scenes, the hardest scene to film without laughing and who broke the most on set, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to what they had to say.

WE’RE THE MILLERS Review

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The quaint idea of the nuclear family is one that’s been skewered a thousand different ways.  It’s a portrait of American domesticity that never really existed except on television in the 1950s.  We’re the Millers tries to knock the nuclear family ideal and yet feels strangely beholden to it.  Filled with hilarious, mean-spirited comedy, Rawson Marshall Thurber‘s movie swings between a cold, dead heart completely immune from sentimentality and then over to a mushy center where characters inadvertently bond and learn important life lessons.  The space in between is filled with plenty of great jokes that you’ll struggle to remember mere moments after leaving the theater.

7 Clips from WE’RE THE MILLERS Starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, and Will Poulter

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Warner Bros. has provided us with seven clips from director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) upcoming comedy We’re the Millers.  The film centers on a single, small-time pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) who ends up in debt to his supplier (Ed Helms).  In order to bring the next shipment of drugs up from Mexico, he puts together a fake family from his stripper neighbor (Jennifer Aniston), an eager teen (Will Poulter) and a streetwise punk (Emma Roberts).  The supporting cast also includes the reliably hilarious Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn, and promises plenty of R-rated escapades from the titular Miller family.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Molly Quinn, Tomer Sisley, and Luis GuzmanWe’re the Millers opens on August 7th.

Over 40 New High-Resolution Images from WE’RE THE MILLERS Starring Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, and Nick Offerman

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Warner Bros. has released a very large batch of new high-resolution images from director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) upcoming comedy We’re the Millers.  The film centers on a single, small-time pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) who ends up in debt to his supplier (Ed Helms).  In order to bring the next shipment of drugs up from Mexico, he puts together a fake family from his stripper neighbor (Jennifer Aniston), an eager teen (Will Poulter) and a streetwise punk (Emma Roberts).  These new images tease many of the hijinks that ensue, including what looks to be a substantial appearance by the great Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  The film also stars Molly Quinn, Tomer Sisley, and Luis GuzmanWe’re the Millers opens on August 7th.

DODGEBALL Director Rawson Marshall Thurber to Direct Stoner Comedy WE’RE THE MILLERS

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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber is in talks to step into the director’s chair for New Line’s pot-centric comedy We’re the Millers, which has been kicking around in development since 2002.  THR reports that the project centers on a drug dealer who decides on his 30th birthday that he wants out of the game.  But before he’s done for good, he decides to pull one final job, which involves him traveling to Mexico to invent a fake family in order to smuggle 1,400 pounds of marijuana back into the U.S.

We reported last year that Hot Tub Time Machine writers John Morris and Sean Anders would be co-directing the film, but that is obviously no longer the case.  Will Arnett and Steve Buscemi had both been attached at different points to star in the project, and filmmaker Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty) was previously in talks to direct before Morris and Anders.  As a huge fan of Dodgeball, I’m hoping that Thurber can light up what could potentially become the next stoner classic.  Hopefully the project will finally get off the ground after years of struggling to get into production.

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