This March, Michael Bacall could have the best month ever. The screenwriter, probably best known for playing one of the Inglourious Basterds and co-writing Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, has not one but two massive comedies set for release mere weeks apart. He wrote Project X, which is in theaters this Friday, and co-wrote 21 Jump Street, which opens two weeks later. We spoke to Bacall about both of the films. Since Project X is up first, we’ll focus on that for now.

Directed by first time director Nima Nourizadeh, Project X is a found footage comedy about the high school party you’ve always dreamed of attending. Actually, scratch that. It’s about a party so insane only a mad man could have dreamed it up. Enter producer Todd Phillips (The Hangover), who with Bacall concocted one of the most visceral, hard-R rated experiences to hit theaters in a long time.

After the jump, find out how Project X came to the writer, how far he was willing to go with the story, the secrecy surrounding the film, possible controversy it might stir up and more. Read More »

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‘Project X’ Red Band Trailer Dials Up the Debauchery

Though the Todd Phillips-produced teen comedy Project X has made tons of promises of epic teenage debauchery, there’s only so much you can actually show in a TV spot or green band trailer. To really get an idea of the level of insanity we’re in for, you’ll want to check out the red-band trailer, which offers up much more in the way of cursing, dick jokes, and nudity. Needless to say, it’s highly NSFW. Watch the video after the jump.

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There were plenty of reasons to love Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder when it came out in 2008 — for starters, it’s just really freaking funny — but one of the film’s most pleasant surprises was an inspired turn by Tom Cruise as hotheaded studio exec Les Grossman. The performance came at a time when Cruise’s popularity had dropped to an all-time low, thanks to his off-putting Scientology rants and his whackadoodle declarations of love for Katie Holmes. It’s no exaggeration to say Les Grossman helped to put Cruise back in the public’s good graces.

Not surprisingly, talk of a Les Grossman spinoff began swirling soon afterward. Actual progress on the film has been kinda slow, however, and it’s been a while since we’ve heard much about it. We still don’t know when cameras will roll or what the plot will be, but screenwriter Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) recently dropped a bit of info about what to expect from the film whenever it finally happens. Read his comments after the jump.

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Last year we got a small taste of the party movie Project X, which thanks to the influence of producer Todd Phillips looks like Jackass, The Hangover, Superbad, and the worst nightmares of every parent rolled into one 90-minute extravaganza.

The full theatrical trailer has dropped, and it features a giant ‘X’ worth of promo screening reactions, and many more examples of reality-defying party insanity. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Jonathan Levine to Direct ‘Little Girl Lost’

Jonathan Levine has signed on to direct Richard Aleas‘ hardboiled crime novel Little Girl Lost for Universal Pictures. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World screenwriter Michael Bacall will pen the screenplay adaptation You might remember that Levine is the director of one of our favorite films of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival — The Wackness.

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Les Grossman Movie Officially Happening

TROPIC THUNDER

After his appearance(s) in conjunction with the recent MTV Movie Awards, there was speculation that Tom Cruise is developing a film based on his Tropic Thunder character Les Grossman. Cruise confirmed that something was in the works, and now we’ve got official word from Paramount that a film, the Untitled Les Grossman Project, is in fact in development.

Cruise is producing and will star. Based on the press release, which features quotes from Ben Stiller, it’s safe to guess that Stiller will be in the film as well. There’s no director set at this point, but Michael Bacall, co-writer of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, will write the script. Check the full press release after the break. Read More »

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

In July 2009, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel to the Toronto-based set of Edgar Wright‘s upcoming action-comedy Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. As you know from reading the site, I’m a huge fan of the comic book series written by Bryan Lee O’Malley and have been very excited to see it adapted to the big screen by Wright.

On Tuesday, I posted our interview with director Edgar Wright, and stars Michael Cera and Jason Schwartzman. All this week we’ll be publishing interviews our press group conducted on set with the cast and crew. Today you can read the roundtable interview a few members of the press and myself conducted with Michael Bacall, who co-wrote the screenplay adaptation with Wright.  Read the Bacall interview now below.

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IngloUrious BastErds

The Weinstein Co today sent out a press release announcing last week’s start of production on Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming WWII film Inglourious Basterds. You might notice that both words are misspelled, much like the early screenplay that got leaked onto the internet a few months back. That is the official title of the film, likely in an attempt to distinguish itself from the 1978 Enzo Castellari film which inspired Tarantino.

You can read the full press release after the jump, which features a full cast and crew listing. New additions to the cast list include: Omar Doom and Michael Bacall (from Death Proof), Julie Dreyfus (Sophie Fatale from Kill Bill), Cloris Leachman (from The Mary Tyler Moore Show), and many others. Photo above thanks to Tarantino Archives. It is also worth mentioning that an Inglourious Basterds poster has again begun to circulate the internet movie sites. It has the wrong title spelling, so I’m pretty sure it’s fan created.
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