Andrew Kevin Walker interview

Tonight, for one night only, Nerdland is playing in theaters across the United States courtesy of Fathom Events. The wacky, wild, and bizarrely sweet animated film tells the story of two 30-year-old friends, John (Paul Rudd) and Elliot (Patton Oswalt), on the hunt for infamy. Sick of waiting around for fame to drop on their laps, the actor who doesn’t act and the screenwriter who barely writes decide to do whatever necessary to grab headlines.

Director Chris Prynoski‘s (Metalocapylpse) buddy picture sprang from the mind of screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker many years ago. Walker, best known for Se7en, spent plenty of time and money trying to make Nerdland. It was originally planned as a live-action film that David Fincher was going to direct, but after years of hearing “no,” Walker’s story finally got told as an R-rated animated feature, thanks to the fine people at Titmouse Inc., the animation production company behind The Venture Bros., Superjail!, and Metalocalypse.

Walker recently spoke with us about his love letter to Los Angeles, the Jonah Hill draft of Nerdland, working with David Fincher, and far more. Below, read our Andrew Kevin Walker interview.

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nerdland trailer

Nerdland comes from the mind of Andrew Kevin Walker, the writer behind Se7en, Wong Kar-wai’s killer BMW short film “The Follow,” and a supposedly great script that Joel Schumacher butchered and rewrote into 8mm. Not since the 2010 remake of The Wolfman has Walker had a feature film credit, but we’ll soon see an original, R-rated animated movie with his name on it.

Below, watch the new Nerdland trailer.

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nerdland

Sausage Party isn’t the only R-rated animated film featuring a standout cast we’ll see this year. Next month, Nerdland will make its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the voice cast includes Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt, Mike JudgeHannibal Buress, Molly Shannon, and Kate Micucci. For some, this film may have come out of nowhere, but if you’re always keeping an eye on what screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en) is working on, then you might’ve already heard about this adult animated feature.

Now the first Nerdland trailer has arrived, and you can watch it after the jump. (Be warned: It’s a red-band trailer, which means it’s slightly NSFW.)

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