When I think of late Eighties/Early nineties comedies, Problem Child is one of those movies that oddly sticks with me. There was just something about seeing a kid who was my age up there on the big screen, raising absolute havoc. The film’ story is about a couple (John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck) who can’t conceive and decide to adopt. They’re then saddled with Junior, the titular character who loves to terrorize everything and everyone around him. It has elements of gross out and wish-fulfillment comedy, and was kind of good for the time. Released in the summer of 1990, Problem Child made over $50 million and even got a theatrical sequel the following year.
Well, NBC seems to think the idea of the awful kid will work on television and they’ve hired Old School and Hangover writer Scot Armstrong to develop a Problem Child TV show as a single-camera sitcom. Read More »
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Briefly: Universal has set release dates for two Fall 2014 movies. First up is Dracula, starring Luke Evans (above, though not seen in a still from the film) and directed by Gary Shore. That’ll be out October 3, 2014. Then there’s Search Party, a comedy directed by Scot Armstrong (writer of Road Trip, Old School and The Hangover: Part II) and starring Thomas Middleditch, TJ Miller and Adam Pally. That’ll be out September 12, 2014.
The last time we talked about the film version of Green Day‘s album-turned-Broadway show American Idiot, it looked like Green Day bandleader Billie Joe Armstrong might be playing one of the lead roles on screen. That casting is confirmed now, as THR says that Billy Joe will indeed reprised the role of St. Jimmy, which he played in some sold-out Broadway shows, under the direction of Michael Mayer. Dustin Lance Black is scripting the film version of American Idiot, a tale of love and anger acted out through the characters Jesus of Suburbia and St. Jimmy. We’ve heard about the potential for a movie version for several years, but fans can possibly take heart now that there is real forward movement.
After the break, The Great Gatsby casts its last major role, and T.J. Miller gets his first starring gig, in a comedy. Read More »
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When Warner Bros premiered the latest trailer for Todd Phillip‘s The Hangover in front of a packed theatre of theater owners at ShoWest, it received the biggest laughs and best response of probably anything shown during the 4-day convention. Personally, I was far more impressed with some of the other presentations (see the video blog), but you could tell that the movie exhibitors were in love with The Hangover. The film has also tested highly in initial test screenings.
So it comes as no surprise to me that Warner Bros has already announced a sequel, hiring director Phillips and Scot Armstrong to pen a screenplay. But the film doesn’t come out for another two months, on June 5th, but the studio wants to be ready, and hopes to go into production later this year. But for now, you can watch the movie trailer that was released last week.