Screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are quickly becoming the go-to guys when it comes to high-profile comedies. The duo penned 2011’s massive hit Horrible Bosses and its upcoming sequel, they wrote the script for this year’s great-looking animated follow-up Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, and they wrote and will make their directorial debut on a new Vacation film this year with Ed Helms starring as the grown-up Rusty Griswold. Their latest film, the magician comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, opens in theaters today and it’s a swell mix of ridiculous characters and delightfully dark humor, with some very funny comedic performances from Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, and Olivia Wilde.
I recently attended the press junket for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone in Las Vegas, and while there I got to sit down with Daley and Goldstein for a one-on-one interview. The duo talked about their love of magic growing up, how crazy it was to get Jim Carrey in their film, what Carrey brought to the role, the many different versions of the film’s script, and their penchant for taking jokes to some unexpected and wonderfully dark places. The two also talked about their work on Horrible Bosses 2, Cloudy 2, the Vacation film, Secret Histories, and much more. Hit the jump to read the full interview.
The names John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein will be popping up more and more frequently over the next few years, as the very funny scribes responsible for Horrible Bosses have been working on a number of projects in that successful comedy’s wake. I recently sat down with the screenwriters in Las Vegas at the press junket for the magician comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (which they wrote), and during the course of our conversation, the two talked about a few of their upcoming films.
While we’ll have the full interview available closer to the release of Burt Wonderstone, today we wanted to share what they had to say about the Vacation movie that they wrote and are directing, and the book series adaptation Secret Histories. The two revealed that filming on Vacation begins this summer and teased the return of some castmembers from the previous films, and also talked about “world building” with their rewrite work on Secret Histories. Hit the jump to read on.
John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, writers of Horrible Bosses and New Line’s upcoming film Vacation (where they’ll also serve as the directors), have been tapped to rewrite Sony’s Secret Histories draft, first written by Tom Wheeler (Puss in Boots). The feature is based on a U.K. book series by Ari Berk, and is intended to be a live-action/CG hybrid.
Many fans of Freaks and Geeks (and Bones) may be surprised to see Daley transitioning from actor to writer, but he’s been prolific in his screenwriting so far. After pairing up with Goldstein, a comedy writer, the two have written the Steve Carell-Jim Carrey magician comedy Burt Wonderstone as well as Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers, and are currently working on a Horrible Bosses sequel. For more on the Secret Histories project, hit the jump.