Posted on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
After scripting and producing some of the biggest comedy hits of the past few years, Andrew Jay Cohen is ready to try helming one. He’s set to make his feature directing debut on Thrill Ride, a horror comedy described as being “in the vein of This Is The End and Scream.” Hit the jump for Thrill Ride plot details and more.
Deadline reported the news. Thrill Ride unfolds at a high school where bullies run rampant. On Senior Night, the school rents out an amusement park for all the seniors. It’s all fun and games until the mean kids in the class start dying on the rides in cruel and unusual ways. All the exits are sealed for the event, so the students inside have to put their differences aside and band together to stop the killer. That premise sounds more like Scream than This Is the End to me, but I wouldn’t mind if it had a bit of This Is the End‘s sheer weirdness.
Peter Warren (MTV’s Happyland) is writing the script based on an original idea from Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, who are also producing. The latter two previously teamed on Neighbors. They wrote and executive produced that one together, and Cohen served as second unit director. Needless to say, it turned out to be a massive hit for them, grossing $268 million worldwide.
Cohen’s other producing credits include Funny People, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Additionally, Cohen has directed several shorts including Storage Wars, which he and O’Brien later adapted into a full-fledged TV series. Cohen directed the pilot. IFC currently has the comedy slated to premiere in 2015.
Thrill Ride is set up at Fox, and Chernin Entertainment will help produce. The two companies are also teaming with Cohen and O’Brien for Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, which will be directed by Jake Szymanski.Cool Posts From Around the Web: