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.
Opening this weekend, in limited release, is writer/directors Jay and Mark Duplass (Cyrus) Jeff Who Lives at Home. Starring Jason Segel (The Muppets) and Ed Helms (The Hangover) as two brothers, with Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise) as their mother, Jeff Who Lives at Home follows Jeff (Segel) as he searches for meaning in his life and inadvertently helps his brother, Pat (Helms) discover a truth of his own. For more on the very funny film, here’s three clips, twenty images, the trailer, and my Toronto Film Festival interview with the Duplass Brothers.
During my recent interview with Ed Helms, we talked about got he got involved in the project, how the movie was mostly shot in order, the way the cast improvised on set, M.Night Shyamalan‘s Signs (which plays a big part in the film), deleted scenes, and more. In addition, Helms also talked about whether our interview for The Lorax helped with the box office, Ron Swanson, his favorite TV shows, The Hangover 3, and what it’s like to be in the “home stretch” of the series run of The Office. Hit the jump to watch.
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.”
Hit the jump for more.
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.