Director Seth Gordon Talks IDENTITY THIEF, Remaking WARGAMES, Chances of a KING OF KONG Movie, and HORRIBLE BOSSES 2

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Identity Thief is the hilarious new comedy, from director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) and screenwriter Craig Mazin (The Hangover 2), that follows what happens to a regular guy when he is forced to extreme measures to clear his name after a woman who loves to live it up steals his identity and ruins his life.  When Sandy Bigelow Patterson (Jason Bateman) is accused of a series of crimes, the innocent man realizes that a woman named Diana (Melissa McCarthy) is using his ID to do and buy whatever strikes her fancy, and decides to track the woman down and confront her, in order to get his life and name back.

At the film’s press day, Seth Gordon spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how he came to direct this, what aspects of the story really spoke to him, developing Melissa McCarthy’s look for her character, assembling such a talented cast of actors, in even the smallest role, how important the test screening process is for comedy, the friends and family he likes to get feedback from, and how much fun the big action moments were to do.  He also talked about his remake of WarGames, which has a script and is now waiting to go forward, whether The King of Kong narrative feature might ever happen, making sure they find a plot for Horrible Bosses 2 that lives up to the first, and the TV pilot he’s going to be directing about a dysfunctional North Eastern family in the ‘80s.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Director Seth Gordon Talks WARGAMES, HORRIBLE BOSSES 2, and Whether THE KING OF KONG Narrative Feature Will Ever Happen

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Identity Thief is the hilarious new comedy, from director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) and screenwriter Craig Mazin (The Hangover II), that follows what happens to a regular guy (played by Jason Bateman) when he is forced to extreme measures to clear his name after a woman (played by Melissa McCarthy) who loves to live it up steals his identity and ruins his life.

At the press day for the film, Collider spoke to Seth Gordon about making the film, finding the right tone, and the importance of keeping the heart in the story.  While we will run that portion of the interview closer to the film’s February 8th theatrical release date, we did want to share what he had to say about his remake of WarGames, which has a script and is now waiting to go forward, whether The King of Kong narrative feature might ever happen, making sure they find a plot for Horrible Bosses 2 that lives up to the first, and the TV pilot he’s going to be directing about a dysfunctional North Eastern family in the ‘80s.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Director J. Clay Tweel and Producer Steven Klein Interview MAKE BELIEVE; Update on THE KING OF KONG Remake

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The documentary Make Believe follows six young outsiders who all share an extraordinary skill and passion for the art of magic. Each with their own strengths and a dazzling array of tricks and illusions, these teenagers come from all over the country and various parts of the world to attend the annual World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas, where they strive to be named Teen World Champion by magic icon Lance Burton. Inspired by his own history as a teen magician, producer Steven Klein brought the idea for Make Believe to executive producers Ed Cunningham and Seth Gordon (the duo behind the acclaimed documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters), and they all chose to enlist J. Clay Tweel to be at the helm of this unusual coming-of-age story.

At the film’s press day, appropriately held at the famed Magic Castle, producer Steven Klein and director J. Clay Tweel talked about what makes magic so fascinating, finding these young magicians that they focused on for the film, what it was like to narrow down 400 hours of footage into 90 minutes, and the fact that they would consider doing another film about magic. They also confirmed that the narrative remake of The King of Kong is still in development at New Line, with drafts of the script currently being done. Check out what they had to say after the jump:

Update on THE KING OF KONG Movie From Director Seth Gordon

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Critics who think a narrative adaption of The King Of Kong: A Fistful Of Quarters hit a kill screen should check with Seth Gordon first.  The 2007 documentary tells the David vs. Goliath quest for the world record score on the arcade obsession Donkey Kong.  Talk of a feature adaptation began almost immediately.  Getting it out of development became another matter.  Gordon says Kong is definitely on.

We caught up with the director after a screening of his new documentary Freakonomics (made with some of the highest-profile documentary directors in the business).  Gordon responded, “You want to see my calendar, the roundtable set up for next week?”  He continued, “there’s been a lot of interest from the agencies” and “it’s a “passion project for a handful of people at New Line.”  He cautioned, however, “The odds are stacked against it … Just because it’s a movie and hardly any get made.”

Hit the jump for the full audio & transcript of the interview along with the full details on Kong, whether Johnny Depp is attached, how Freakonomics hits very close to home & whether there’s a music film in his future.

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