‘The Change-Up’ Trailer

Our first look at The Change-Up, from Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin, was a red band trailer that spent a couple minutes reveling in the fact that the film was written as a very R-rated comedy. This new theatrical trailer is basically a tamer version of that first look, though it does include a couple of new bits.

This time the emphasis is more on the interaction between Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds, playing lifelong friends who mystically switch bodies and lives after taking a drunken leak in a public fountain. (“I knew it!” cries Bateman upon discovering the switch, thereby accepting and moving past the whole process behind the conceit.) And while the raunchy aspects of the film will probably be fun, the interaction between the two, and their riffs as each actor partially impersonates the other, will be the heart of the film. Check out the new(ish) trailer below, and see if The Change-Up is going to change your mind about body-switching comedies. Read More »

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‘The Change-Up’ Red-Band Trailer

The Change-Up, directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) asks a very important question: what if two drunk friends pissing in the same fountain accidentally changed bodies and got to live each others lives? Yep, The Change-Up is a body-switching comedy, and it gives about as much weight to the reason for the switch as Hot Tub Time Machine did time travel. The point is really to watch Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds freak out as they try to navigate the life they momentarily envied. Watch the freakout begin in the new red-band trailer, after the break. Read More »

Everyone who wants to see a Steven Soderbergh spy film raise their hands. Well, you just may get your wish. The eclectic, Academy Award winning director is currently in talks to direct an adaptation of the mid-Sixties spy television show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Scott Z. Burns, who wrote two of Soderbergh’s most recent films – The Informant! and the currently in production Contagion – is also in talks to come on as a writer. The show was about an American and Russian spy who worked together for the agency called the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.

The film, which is set up at Warner Brothers, was originally going to be a more comedic take on the material with director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) working from a script by Max Borenstein. Dobkin will reportedly stay on as a producer but Burns will look to write a new script. Read more after the jump. Read More »

17 Again

The body-switching comedy is a minor sub-genre that will never die. Every five years or so we’re bound to get a new story in which two people switch bodies so that hilarity may ensue. They may be a pair that are young and old, male and female, or hot and… not hot. In the case of The Change-Up, the situation is more or less the latter. And now the film boasts Leslie Mann (who was just in an age-regression movie, close cousin to the body swap setup) among the other cast members as it prepares to roll cameras. Read More »

Peter Jackson

Yesterday we reported a rumor that David Yates, best known as the director of the last few Harry Potter films: Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and Part I and II of the Deathly Hallows, was the studios top choice to direct The Hobbit. As you know, Guillermo del Toro recently stepped down from directing the big screen adaptation.

It turns out the story is partly true. David Yates, David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, Fred Claus), and Brett Ratner have all been considered for the directing gig, but Deadline is reporting that no offer has yet been made. Why not? Apparently Warner Bros and MGM are still trying to talk Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson to return to the series to helm the two prequels.

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man-from-uncle

The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which originally saw life as a TV show in the mid-’60s, has long been in the Hollywood remake pile. Back in 2004 or 2005 Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn was set to direct, but dropped out to make another film that eventually didn’t happen. (He made Stardust instead.)

But the film keeps on going. Now there’s a new writer on board, and a new director attached: David Dobkin, who directed Wedding Crashers and was once set to make The Flash for Warner Bros. Read More »

A Horrible Way To Die

A.J. Bowen, Amy Seimetz, and Joe Swanberg have been cast in Adam Wingard‘s thriller A Horrible Way to Die. Written by Simon Barrett (Dead Birds), the story follows an escaped murderer (Bowen) in pursuit of his ex-girlfriend (Seimetz), who has fled to start a new life in a small town. Swanberg plays the ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. The photo above is from the movie, which is currently shooting in Columbia, Missouri.

Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, 25th Hour) joins Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and Hailee Steinfeld in the Coen brothers’ adaptation of True Grit. Pepper will play “Lucky” Ned Pepper, the notorious outlaw played by Robert Duvall in the 1969 film adaptation. [Variety]

Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman will star in Wedding Crashers helmer David Dobkin‘s body-switching comedy The Change-Up, written by The Hangover scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Bateman plays a responsible family man who switches bodies with his lazy man-child best friend (Reynolds). [variety]

National Lampoon's Vacation

You might recall that back in October we told you that New Line/Warner Bros had signed Wedding Crashers and Fred Claus director David Dobkin to produce and possibly direct a new film in the National Lampoon’s Vacation series which would follow Rusty Griswold, the son of Clark Griswold, who is now a father in his own right and takes his family on a, you guessed it, road trip vacation. Then came that the Super Bowl Commercial/Mini Movie (which can be watched here), which while it wasn’t nearly as good as any of the films (not even Vegas Vacation), garnered a lot of attention. Enough attention to convince New Line to order a screenplay for this new adventure.
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