Fans of the well-received teen comedy Easy A have much to celebrate today. That’s because Deadline is reporting that director/writer/producer Will Gluck has signed a deal with Screen Gems that will have him fill all three roles for an upcoming, untitled comedy starring Emma Stone. The idea is to have the film in production by next summer. While the deal will reunite Gluck and Stone from their time on Easy A, there is an interesting omission that is never mentioned in the article. Hit the jump to find out what that unsecured but key element is and how Gluck and Stone will manage to work this film into their busy schedules.
While I am a firm believer in the power of a director and star, a great script is usually the final piece in a three-pronged attack that helps elevate a film beyond the norm. To this point, Gluck is untested in the world of the silver screen. That’s right; he didn’t write Easy A. That role was filled by Bert V. Royal. Whether Gluck will try and get Royal to co-write the film with him is a complete mystery right now. While next summer seems far away, there are a ton of things between now and then on Gluck’s plate.
However, there is a silver lining here. Gluck is hard at work finishing his upcoming comedy Friends with Benefits that he co-wrote and directed. Friends stars Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, and we debuted the very funny red-band trailer for the film last week. That means his first writing credit has a good start. Then again, there is yet another kink. With the release date for that film pegged at July 22, 2011, there won’t be a ton of time for Gluck to focus on writing this new film. All of this leads me to believe that Gluck will turn in a rough idea and rely on a talented screenwriter (or two) to flesh it out. None of this has tempered the excitement Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper has for the follow-up to Easy A, which has grossed over $65 million worldwide since its September release.
“Will and Emma blossomed in Easy A, which was easily the most well-liked and best critiqued movie Screen Gems has made,” Culpepper told Deadline. “To have them want to team again at Screen Gems makes me the happiest and luckiest guy in the business. I think he was afraid I might pour a glass of iced tea over his head had he tried to go anywhere else.”
Stone is currently filming The Help for DreamWorks and should be done with the Marc Webb-directed Spider-Man reboot (production begins in December) in time to work with Gluck during the summer. Overall, I think this was a great move by Culpepper and Screen Gems, but I’m curious what you think. Let us know in the comments below.