In the early ’80s, comic book fans didn’t have a lot of options to see costumed heroes on TV and in movies. Outside of the big-screen Superman films and The Incredible Hulk on TV, the offerings were pretty slim. But William Katt wore a red costume as the title character in The Greatest American Hero, an original TV series that centered around a schoolteacher who acquires a super-powered suit from aliens, but loses the instructions and has to learn the hero game by trial and error. Now Fox is prepping a new Greatest American Hero TV series, with The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller as guiding producers.
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Still unsure what to make of 22 Jump Street? Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord have you right where they want you.
“Everything we’ve ever done has been riding on low expectations,” Miller said. “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs? A terrible idea. Doing 21 Jump Street as a movie is a terrible idea. The Lego Movie sounds like a terrible idea. If people think this is a good idea, we’re screwed. Because we all know that sequels are terrible, right?”
“We are here to lower your expectations,” Lord added. “You need to go back and write about how you’re not really sure. It might not be that good.”
It’s November 10, 2013 and Miller and Lord joke are joking about 22 Jump Street in between takes on New Orleans set of the sequel. The anticipation is a stark contrast to 2012, when most people instantly wrote off a remake of a ‘90s TV show starring that guy from Step Up and the loser in Superbad. We now know 21 Jump Street became a monster hit that surprised audiences with its audacity, subversion and comedy. That unexpected but welcome success had fans and the studio clamoring for a sequel. However, no one behind the scenes wanted to make one unless they could surprise audiences again.
Fast forward to day 33 of a 55-day shoot on the set of 22 Jump Street. Sure the film is a sequel to a remake of a ’90s TV show, but after seeing two scenes filmed, each featuring hilarious jokes, an awkward self-awareness and lots of surprises, I have bad news for Mr. Lord: expectations have actually been raised.
Below, read all about our visit to the set of 22 Jump Street and check back later this week for the full interviews with the directors and stars. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
Before Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, before Danny Glover and Mel Gibson, there was Kevin Hart and Seth Rogen. Well — in terms of movie-fiction history, anyway. Hart and Rogen are attached to play cops in an action-comedy pitch set in the post-World War II era, from former Late Show with David Letterman head writer Rodney Rothman. More details after the jump.
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How does “an ensemble comedy/horror hybrid set in deep space” sound, especially when the script in question is described as being similar to Zombieland? That’s the vague description for The Something, a spec script that has been picked up by Universal.
That pseudo-logline is one of three bullet points for this story, but the other two are probably more like inside baseball. For one, the writer is Rodney Rothman, who was the youngest head writer in the history of Late Night with David Letterman. Someone who is more familiar with the workings of a talk show writing stable could discuss how that is significant. And in a tough market for spec scripts — so tough that studios have recently bought very few that didn’t already have cast and director attachments — this one managed to sell. Does that mean it is good, or just seen as something easily marketable? [Variety]