Danny McBride to Star in L.A.P.I. with Jody Hill Directing

     February 4, 2010

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If you’re a fan of The Foot Fist Way, Observe and Report, or Eastbound & Down, I’m about to make you very happy.  That’s because Danny McBride and director Jody Hill have signed on to the action comedy L.A.P.I. While story details are under wraps, Variety reports McBride will play a beaten-down, hardboiled P.I.  The project is the first movie being developed by Rough House Pictures, a company being run by Hill, McBride and David Gordon Green.

While McBride and Hill are known for writing their own material, L.A.P.I. is going to be written by Michael Diliberti and Matthew Sullivan based on their own pitch. While you may not have heard of these guys, they’re a hot commodity due to two of their scripts being on the 2009 Black List, and they’re also writing the remake of Brewster’s Millions at Warner Bros.

Needless to say, anything McBride and Hill do will be on our radar, so expect plenty of updates as we get them.

UPDATE: We were just sent over the press release.  Hit the jump to read it:


Michael Diliberti & Matthew Sullivan To Write Original Action-Comedy Principals Jody Hill Attached To Direct & Danny McBride Attached To Star

Danny McBride image Foot Fist Way.jpgLos Angeles (February 4, 2010) –  Rough House Pictures head of production Matt Reilly announced today that the company has acquired ‘L.A.P.I.’, an action-comedy pitch from writers Michael Diliberti and Matthew Sullivan (BREWSTER’S MILLIONS), through Rough House’s deal with Mandate Pictures.  Rough House principal Jody Hill (OBSERVE AND REPORT) is attached to direct and principal Danny McBride (UP IN THE AIR, TROPIC THUNDER) is attached to star.  Principal David Gordon Green (PINEAPPLE EXPRESS), Hill, McBride and Reilly will produce.  Mandate President Nathan Kahane will executive produce.  Details of the plot are being kept under wraps, apart from McBride starring as a beaten down, hard boiled P.I. in the action-comedy.

L.A.P.I. is the first project to be developed under the new label formed by David Gordon Green, Jody Hill and Danny McBride.  The co-venture seeks to produce high concept comedies with their brand of humor.  Combining their creative filmmaking with Mandate Pictures’ financing and producing expertise, the company seeks to establish itself as a hub for exciting and bold comedic voices.

Michael Diliberti and Matthew Sullivan, who had two scripts on the 2009 unofficial Black List, are co-writing BREWSTER’S MILLIONS, the latest take on the George Barr McCutcheon novel, which is set up at Warner Bros. The duo got the job coming off the buzz generated by their spec COMIC CON, an action-comedy about a group of friends who plan and execute a daring heist at Comic-Con in San Diego. The scribes met while attending the Johns Hopkins University. Sullivan segued into stand-up comedy, while Diliberti worked as an assistant, first to Scott Rudin and then to John Lesher. He acted as an associate producer on the Rudin-produced STOP-LOSS, and was a creative executive at Paramount.

Danny McBride most recently co-starred in Jason Reitman’s Academy Award® nominated film UP IN THE AIR. He first gained industry awareness with his starring role in David Gordon Green’s ALL THE REAL GIRLS, winner of the 2003 Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.  He then returned in 2006 with the Sundance Film Festival’s smash hit comedy THE FOOT FIST WAY. McBride starred and co-wrote the film with long time friends and college classmates Jody Hill and Ben Best. McBride continued his success in 2008 by starring opposite Seth Rogen and James Franco in PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, which was directed by David Gordon Green and co-written by Rogen and Evan Goldberg.  Immediately following the success of PINEAPPLE, McBride was back on top of the box office a week later with the Paramount release of TROPIC THUNDER.  McBride has appeared in other comedies including HOT ROD, THE HEARTBREAK KID, DRILLBIT TAYLOR and THE LAND OF THE LOST.

Jody Hill (Writer/Director) most recently teamed with Gary Sanchez Productions on the HBO series, “East Bound and Down,” in which Danny McBride currently stars.  Hill co-created, co-writes the series with McBride and Ben Best, and is also directing.  Hill is an executive producer on the series along with executive producing partners McBride, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Chris Henchy. The six-episode season one premiered on the network in February 2009 and was quickly picked up for a second season.  Hill also wrote and directed the dark comedy Observe and Report that starred Seth Rogen and Anna Faris for Warner Brothers.

Michael Diliberti and Matthew Sullivan are represented by WME Entertainment, New School Media, and attorney David Krintzman of Morris, Yorn, Barnes & Levine. David Gordon Green, Jody Hill and Danny McBride are represented by CAA. Dan Freedman brokered the deals on behalf of the company.


Mandate Pictures has a two-year first-look deal with David Gordon Green, Jody Hill and Danny McBride to produce high concept comedies with their brand of humor.  Combining their creative filmmaking with Mandate’s financing and producing expertise, ROUGH HOUSE PICTURES seeks to establish itself as a hub for exciting and bold comedic voices.  The co-venture will be dedicated to financing, developing and producing feature length comedies. Matt Reilly segued from his post as Vice President of Production at Warner Bros. Pictures to join ROUGH HOUSE as head of production and is a participant in the business

Jody Hill, David Gordon Green and Danny McBride all went to the North Carolina School of the Arts and lived on the same dormitory floor their first year although Green is one year older.  McBride saw Green’s first short film called Will You Lather Up My Rough House and that was that in terms of his admiration for Green.  McBride was the second unit director on Green’s feature debut George Washington and McBride had a supporting role in Green’s next film All the Real Girls, which won the 2003 Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. McBride first gained industry awareness with this role; however, it was when he returned in 2006 with the Sundance Film Festival smash hit comedy The Foot Fist Way that he became a known name in Hollywood and desired by its top producers and directors. McBride, who starred and co-wrote the film with Jody Hill and Ben Best (Superbad), caught the attention of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay after it debuted at Sundance, under their banner Gary Sanchez Production, and the film was later released by Paramount Vantage. McBride is currently starring in HBO’s East Bound and Down, which he and Hill co-created, co-write and produce together.  Hill directed the pilot and final episode.  Green has also directed episodes.  The second season for HBO will begin production in Spring 2010. Green’s film Your Highness starring McBride, James Franco and Natalie Portman, recently wrapped production in Northern Ireland and is slated for an October 2010 release by Universal Pictures.


Mandate Pictures is a multifaceted film production and financing company, acquired in 2007 by Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading next generation film entertainment studio.  Mandate continues to operate as an autonomous brand under President Nathan Kahane.  Recently released films include Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut Whip It, starring Academy Award® nominee Ellen Page, Academy Award® nominee Marcia Gay Harden and Kristin Wiig, which was distributed by Fox Searchlight in October 2009. Upcoming films include The Baster, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, slated for a 2010 release by Miramax Films.

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