John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein make for an unusual pair. Daley is best known as a television actor, starring on the cult TV show Freaks and Geeks and now on Bones. Goldstein is a well traveled sitcom writer, contributing to shows ranging from The PJs to The New Adventures of Old Christine. Together the two have become one of the most in-demand and successful screenwriting teams in Hollywood. Their produced work covers a range of genres: the adult dark comedy Horrible Bosses, the broad comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and this weekend’s release Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
In the following interview with Daley and Goldstein, the writing duo discusses the genesis of their writing partnership, the re-writing process on Cloudy 2 and the difficulties of writing for animation. In addition Daley and Goldstein gave updates on a number of their upcoming projects: Horrible Bosses 2, Vacation (the remake to which they’re still slated to direct), their in-development pilot Punching Out and the just-sold-to-New-Line Bad Santa-esque The Bus Driver. For the full interview, hit the jump.
The gang is getting back together. When screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein first started talking about their new Vacation film—which stars Ed Helms as a grown Rusty Griswold—the duo made no secret of the fact that they hoped to rope in some of the original castmembers for the pic. Earlier this month the duo told me that they planned on bringing people back, and now it appears that they’re nearing a deal as Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo are officially in negotiations to reprise their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold in Vacation. Hit the jump for more.
It looks as if Ed Helms will be playing Rusty Griswold in New Line’s Vacation after all. Rumors swirled earlier this year that Helms would be taking on the lead role in the continuation of the Vacation franchise, but when Steve asked him back in March if he was involved with the film he said he hadn’t had any conversations about the film. Horrible Bosses screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein signed on to direct their own script back in February, and now Helms has officially entered negotiations to star. Hit the jump for more.
New Line has been prepping a new entry in the Vacation franchise for quite a while now, but the project finally picked up steam when Horrible Bosses writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were pegged to write the script. This past February, we learned that not only had Daley and Goldstein written the script, but now the duo are set to direct the project. The film is imagined as a sequel/reboot to the classic series and will center on an adult version of Rusty Griswold now dealing with a family of his own.
Rumors swirled recently that Ed Helms may possibly be taking on the lead role in the project, but when Steve spoke to the actor at the press day for his upcoming dramedy Jeff Who Lives at Home, he responded, “I don’t know where those rumors bubbled up from.” Hit the jump for more.
John Francis Daley is Ron Howard-ing right before our eyes. The former Freaks and Geeks child star successfully made the transition behind the camera with his screenwriting partner Jonathan Goldstein on the summer hit Horrible Bosses. Daley and Goldstein have also been developing a Vacation reboot for a couple years now. According to THR, the duo is now in talks with New Line to direct their script which serves as both a sequel and a reboot of National Lampoon’s Vacation series. The story centers on the adult version of Rusty Griswold, played by a 14-year-old Anthony Michael Hall in the original.
Hit the jump for what Daley and Goldstein said about their approach to Vacation.
Earlier today I was lucky enough to be able to visit the set of one of my favorite shows on any channel: NBC’s Community. I got to visit the set in anticipation of the season two DVD, which hits stores September 6th, and season three, which premieres on Thursday September 22nd at 8/7c. While I’ll have a lot of video interviews with the entire cast very soon, I spoke with Chevy Chase about the upcoming Vacation reboot and a new Fletch movie and wanted to bring you what he said as soon as possible.
A reboot of the Vacation franchise is currently in development at Warner Bros., and when I spoke with producer David Dobkin last month, he said that the new film would tell son Rusty’s story and have him encountering the same hijinks that his father did. Dobkin played coy about Chase making an appearance in the film, but Chase’s answer today about a Vacation reboot came as a bit of a shock. He said he’s written a different script for a new Vacation film with co-star Beverly D’Angelo. He said:
“I’ve written an idea that would be basically like a “Swiss Family Griswold.” There’s a cruise, there’s a fire on the ship, we think the whole ship’s on fire and we jump—it’s just a little fire—and we end up on an island where we meet Randy somewhere who’s been left there from an old Survivor series.”
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When I first heard that Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds were going to star in a body switching comedy, my first thought was, “Hasn’t this concept been beaten to death?” But, when I found out the guys who wrote The Hangover (Jon Lucas and Scott Moore) were writing the script and the director of Wedding Crashers (David Dobkin) was helming the project, I thought The Change-Up had the chance to be very funny. And it is. It’s actually the hardest I’ve laughed in a theater in a long time and I absolutely recommend checking it out this weekend.
Anyhow, I recently got to talk with David Dobkin on the phone. We talked about how the project came together, how hard it was to get made, casting, his thoughts on extended editions and director’s cuts, and deleted scenes. In addition, we talked about how he’s producing Jack the Giant Killer and R.I.P.D., his King Arthur movie, the Vacation reboot, and a lot more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.
With director David Dobkin’s The Change-Up opening in a few weeks, I was able to get on the phone with him yesterday to talk about the movie. While I’m embargoed from writing a review…I will say that The Change-Up is extremely funny and the last time I laughed that hard in a theater was Bridesmaids. Definitely recommended.
Anyway, towards the end of the interview, Dobkin gave me some updates on his King Arthur movie and also what’s up with the Vacation reboot/sequel which he’s producing. While I knew his King Arthur movie was a priority at Warner Bros., I had no idea they were already casting and they’re planning on filming this January in London. Much more after the jump.