Director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) is busy casting up his next project, Identity Thief, and it appears that he’s added another director to the fray. Variety reports that Iron Man director Jon Favreau has joined the cast of the comedy, which stars Melissa McCarthy as a woman who steals the identity of Jason Bateman’s character. Apparently Favreau will play Bateman’s boss. This isn’t the first time Favreau and Bateman have worked together, as the two starred in the disappointing 2009 comedy Couples Retreat.
In addition to Bateman and McCarthy, Identity Thief also stars Amanda Peet, Jon Cho, and Clark Duke (Kick-Ass). I was a huge fan of last year’s Horrible Bosses, and I love the idea of Bateman playing the straight man to McCarthy’s sure-to-be unstable character. Favreau is currently developing his next directorial project, the Disney theme park-centered (and secretive) Magic Kingdom. Production on Identity Thief begins soon, as the film is set to open on May 10th, 2013.
Identity Thief has the makings of a pretty successful comedy. It’s got two great leads in Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, an absurdly goofy premise (a woman steals a man’s identity), and Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon is at the helm. Universal must realize they’ve got a potential hit on their hands as well, as the studio (per Box Office Mojo) has set the film for nearly the same release date as last year’s smash hit Bridesmaids: May 10th, 2013. The film will face some considerable box office competition on that date as it squares off against Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. Furthermore, it opens merely one week after the release of Iron Man 3 and one week before Star Trek 2.
In addition to starring, Bateman is also producing Identity Thief, and McCarthy’s role was originally envisioned as a male part until Bateman caught the actress’ scene-stealing performance in Bridesmaids. I’m pretty thrilled by the idea of Gordon in the director’s chair, and the thought of Bateman and McCarthy going toe-to-toe is certainly enticing. No word on what type of rating they’re shooting for, but given that both Bridesmaids and Horrible Bosses were successful R-rated comedies, I’m hoping they go with R.
Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon has been set to direct the comedy Identity Theft. The project will star Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, and centers on a woman who steals another man’s identity (it’s like Tootsie with more law-breaking). The script was written by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness) with a rewrite by Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part II). Originally, Bateman was to star opposite a male actor as the titular identity thief, but after seeing McCarthy’s scene-stealing work in Bridesmaids the actor pushed for McCarthy to be cast in the film. In addition to starring, Bateman is also producing the pic alongside Scott Stuber.
Deadline broke the news of Gordon’s involvement, and the director is coming off a big win with this summer’s comedy hit Horrible Bosses. New Line is already working on a sequel to the R-rated comedy and the studio is keen on bringing Gordon back. McCarthy has another big project in the works, the road-trip comedy Tammy. She wrote the script for the pic and 30 Rock vet Beth McCarthy was recently set to direct.
Jason Bateman is lining up his next comedy, and it looks like Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy will be along for the ride. Deadline reports that Bateman and McCarthy are attached to star in the comedy The ID Theft, which Bateman is also producing. The film was originally set to center on a guy who steals another guy’s identity, but apparently Bateman pushed for McCarthy to take on the role of the titular theft after seeing her scene-stealing performance in Bridesmaids.
Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness) wrote the original script, but Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part II) is currently doing a rewrite. Bateman kills pretty much any role he takes on, and McCarthy was fantastic in Bridesmaids, so this is definitely an exciting pairing. The film is expected to shoot during McCarthy’s hiatus from her CBS comedy Mike and Molly next April. Bridesmaids was a showcase for the actress’ talent, as she’s sold a pitch to Paramount, landed a role in Judd Apatow’s This is Forty, may possibly be starring in an Apatow/Feig comedy with Jon Hamm, and is set to host the upcoming season of SNL all in the wake of the monster hit.