When possible, I like to prepare for movies by reading or watching the source material because they can provide a better understanding of their adaptation or remake. On Monday night, I watched Ken Scott’s Starbuck on Netflix Instant. It was pleasant and undemanding. The following night, I went to go see the remake, Delivery Man (also directed by Scott), and discovered I had seen almost the exact same movie in less than 24 hours. The original didn’t warrant a second viewing, and yet there I was, watching it again except this time it was in English and had actors I’d seen in other movies. It was one of the most pointless moviegoing experiences I’ve ever had.
Starbuck stars Patrick Huard as David Wozniak, a 42-year-old lovable but perpetual screw up and habitual sperm donor, who discovers he’s the biological father of 533 children, 142 of whom are trying to force the fertility clinic to reveal his true identity. Co-written and directed by Ken Scott, who penned the screenplay with Martin Petit, the comedy was a runaway box office success in Canada after it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and is now opening in U.S. theaters.
At the recent Los Angeles press day, Scott and Huard talked about their close collaboration on crafting such an intricate character, what made the script so remarkable, why it’s appealing to play a main character that appears in nearly every scene, and the challenge of introducing so many other characters and tying all their individual stories together without making it feel episodic. Scott also discussed partnering with DreamWorks on directing the English-language remake, Delivery Man, and Huard revealed he’s adapting his Taxi 22 TV series for Europe and writing a sequel to his highly successful comedy, Bon Cop Bad Cop. Hit the jump to read more:
Disney has slated the Vince Vaughn comedy The Delivery Man (formerly titled Starbuck) for October 4, 2013. As we previously reported, the comedy, which is a remake of a 2011 film, centers on a middle-aged man (Vaughn) who finds out that he fathered 533 children via sperm donation. His life is turned upside down when a few hundred of the donor babies “express an irrepressible need to meet their father.” The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Britt Robinson, and Chris Pratt. Ken Schott, who wrote and directed the original film, will helm the remake. This is the second delay for The Delivery Man, which was originally set to open on September 28th of this year before getting kicked back to March 29, 2013.
The Delivery Man will square off against Robert Rodriguez‘ Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and the thriller Paranoia starring Chris Hemsworth, Harrison Ford, and Gary Oldman.
The First Time is a modern and realistic look at the angst and excitement of young love. Dave (Dylan O’Brien) is a high school senior who meets Aubrey (Britt Robertson), a junior, one night at a party and a casual conversation sparks a connection that keeps drawing them back to each other. From writer/director Jonathan Kasdan, the film also stars Victoria Justice, Craig Robertson, Joshua Malina and Christine Taylor. For more on the film, here’s the trailer.
At the film’s press day, actress Britt Robertson spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what attracted her to the film, trusting in writer/director Jonathan Kasdan, how there were only minor changes made to the film, learning how to really be in the moment, and the scene she was most nervous to shoot. She also talked about her next role in The Delivery Man, a comedy starring Vince Vaughn, what she’s looking for in a role now, and whether she might consider doing television again. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Lots of male-pattern casting to get to today. Let’s take a gander:
- Nate Parker (Arbitrage) has boarded director Jaume Collet-Serra’s airplane thriller Non-Stop, starring Liam Neeson.
- Adam Brody (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) joins Baggage Claim from writer/director/producer David E. Talbert, a rom-com adaptation of his own novel.
- Ben Bailey will step out of the Cash Cab and into Ken Scott’s Starbuck remake, opposite Vince Vaughn.
- Cam Gigandet (Twilight) and Nick Thune (Knocked Up) join Johnson, a raunchie indie comedy directed by Huck Botko (The Virginity Hit) from a Jeff Tetreault script.
Hit the jump for details on each film.
A bit of a release date shuffle today and man are these titles hard on my lisp:
- Sinister, the horror thriller from director Scott Derrickson and starring Ethan Hawke and Juliet Rylance moves back a week from October 5th to October 12th, 2012.
- The Sessions, from director Ben Lewin and starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy moves up from October 26th to October 19th, 2012.
- The Starbuck remake by Ken Scott (the writer/director of the original 2011 film) has been bumped from September 28th of this year to March 29th, 2013. Starbuck stars Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders.
Hit the jump for synopses and posters.
We have a few bits of casting news to share with you today. Here they are at a glance:
- Cobie Smulders (The Avengers) is in negotiations to star opposite Vince Vaughn in DreamWorks’ untitled Starbuck remake, directed by Ken Scott, who also directed the original.
- Josh Holloway (Lost) is in talks to join Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington in David Ayer’s action-thriller, Breacher, previously known as Ten.
- Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch) has nabbed the female lead in Fellini Black and White, directed by Henry Bromell.
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We’ve got a few casting stories to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Chris Pratt is in talks to star opposite Vince Vaughn in the comedy remake of Starbuck.
- Mos Def has joined Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley in the music-themed drama Can a Song Save Your Life?
- X-Men: First Class star Lucas Till is in talks to lead the werewolf film Wolves.
Hit the jump for more details.
A few weeks ago, it was announced that Ken Scott would be writing and directing a remake of his 2011 hit French-Canadian comedy Starbuck for DreamWorks. Now Variety reports that Vince Vaughn has entered into negotiations to star in the pic. The comedy centers on a middle-aged man who finds out that he fathered 533 children via sperm donation. His life is turned upside down when a few hundred of the donor babies “express an irrepressible need to meet their father.” Hit the jump for more, including the trailer for Scott’s original film.
DreamWorks is making moves on the feature film Starbuck. Sadly, this isn’t a Battlestar Galactica spinoff starring the very kick-ass Katee Sackhoff, as the studio is instead planning a remake of the 2011 French-Canadian film of the same name. The comedy centers on a middle-aged man who finds out that he fathered 533 children via sperm donation. His life is turned upside down when a few hundred of the donor babies “express an irrepressible need to meet their father.” In a strange decision, DreamWorks has set the original co-writer and director Ken Scott to write and direct the remake. Hit the jump for more, including the trailer for the original film.
The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival has announced the films playing in their Canadian Features line-up and the seven films from first-time filmmakers in the “Canada First!” line-up. Notable movies in the Canadian Features program include Edwin Boyd (starring Scott Speedman, Kevin Durand, and Brian Cox), Goon (starring Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, and Liev Schreiber), and Guy Maddin’s new film Keyhole (starring Jason Patric and Isabella Rossellini). Previously announced films A Dangerous Method and Take This Waltz will play as part of the Canadian Galas program.
Hit the jump to check out the full line-up for the Canadian Features and Canada First! programs. Click here for the Galas and Special Presentations and click here for the Documentaries, Midnight Madness, and other TIFF programs. The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 – 18th.