DreamWorks may not have a title for its upcoming office comedy, but they now have a writer. The studio tapped Timothy Dowling (Role Models) to draft up a fresh script for the project, doing a full rewrite on a submission originally turned in by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore of The Hangover fame. The original premise of the comedy carries a bit of The Hangover-meets-The Office as it centered on a company Christmas party going awry. There is no word yet as to whether or not the new interpretation will take place during the holidays. Also, though there is no official cast in place, several top comedic actors have apparently expressed interest in the project, which will be helmed by Blades of Glory directors, Will Speck and Josh Gordon. Hit the jump for more on Dowling.
Directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck (The Switch) have signed on to direct The Pool. According to Deadline, “The comedy is about a middle-class college graduate who jumps into the job market at the worst possible time, and the only gig he gets is teaching swim lessons at a prestigious country club full of beautiful women and their older inattentive husbands.” Yes, damn you, crappy economy. Damn you for making people work at prestigious country clubs full of horny attractive women. Damn you straight to hell. Dan Lagana penned the script, which is described as “in the vein of Risky Business and The Flamingo Kid.”
While I’d like to have faith in this project, Gordon and Speck’s work thus far hasn’t really impressed me. Their debut feature, Blades of Glory, works because of the cast rather than any comic sensibilities they bring to the table, and it was harder to find a comedy last year that was blander than The Switch. Speck and Gordon are also attached to helm an untitled Christmas comedy from screenwriters Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover).
Last month I had the opportunity to speak with directing team Josh Gordon and Will Speck (Blades of Glory) about their upcoming movie The Switch. Before I continue, let me advise you to rid yourself of all your expectations now. The Switch is nothing like either Blades of Glory or what it’s advertisements seem to show. It’s more serious, poignant and overall much, much better than it’s ads led me to believe. When it’s funny, it’s funny, but this is a real movie, not an absurd goofy comedy. I was very surprised by how much I liked the movie and I would definitely recommend it.
In my 20 minute talk with Gordon and Speck, we were able to cover a wide variety of topics, including how they met, how they divide up duties as a directing team, what exactly directors do on the set of a comedy or dramedy, working with a child actor as well as Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston, their future, and much more. Gordon and Speck were two very smart filmmakers and a had a lot of interesting stuff to say about not only their film, but the moviemaking process as well. Continue reading to check out the interview. The Switch hits theaters August 20th.
Last month I had the opportunity to attend the press conference for Josh Gordon and Will Speck’s The Switch, a movie that I liked much more than I ever expected. The film revolves around Wally (Jason Bateman) who “accidentally” hijacks his best friend’s (Jennifer Aniston) pregnancy by replacing her sperm donor’s “ingredient” for his own without telling her. It’s got much more drama then the ads lead you to believe and it’s ultimately a much better film then you’d expect. I was very surprised by how much I liked the movie.
Anyways, the press conference featured directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck (Blades of Glory) along with stars Bateman and Aniston. Topics for discussion included the notion of the modern woman, working with a child actor (Thomas Robinson plays Sebastian, the son of Aniston and Bateman’s characters), everyone’s original involvement with the film, and much more. Also, as to be expected, talk of Arrested Development and Friends movies was quickly deflected. To check out what Gordon, Speck, Bateman and Aniston had to say, continue reading. The Switch hits theaters August 20. Also make sure to look for my exclusive interview with the film’s directors later tonight or tomorrow.
Being credited with writing the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all-time will seriously help your career. The Hangover screenwriters Jon Lucas and Scott Moore have added two more projects to their slate. First up, 24 Frames reports that the pair will write an untitled Christmas comedy for Blades of Glory filmmakers Will Speck and Josh Gordon. The Christmas comedy isn’t a new genre for Lucas and Moore as they previously penned Four Christmases.
Lucas and Moore will also write the college comedy 21 and Over, which, per Variety, is about “two college seniors who get their best friend drunk on his 21st birthday and then must race to get him to his medical school exam the next morning.” The duo also wrote the script for the upcoming body-switching comedy The Change-Up starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman (who stars in Speck and Gordon’s The Switch, which opens on Friday) and the indie heist comedy Flypaper starring Patrick Dempsey and Ashley Judd.
by David Lane Posted: August 13th, 2010 at 1:38 pm
Opening next week is the Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman movie The Switch. Here’s the synopsis:
The film is an offbeat comedy about Kassie (Aniston), a smart, fun-loving single woman who, despite her slightly neurotic best friend Wally’s (Bateman) objections, decides it’s time to have a baby—even if it means doing it by herself… with a little help from a charming sperm donor (Patrick Wilson). But, unbeknownst to her, Kassie’s plans go awry because of a last-minute switch that isn’t discovered until seven years later when Wally finally gets acquainted with Kassie’s precocious—though slightly neurotic—son. The Switch also stars Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Juliette Lewis, and Thomas Robinson.
The Switch used to be called The Baster when Bateman spoke to Steve about it last year. Hit the jump to check out five clips from the film: