Jason Segel and Seth Gordon Join Maple Syrup Heist Pic

 

With the release of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 just around the corner, Sony is working up an appetite for food-related cinema.

Earlier today, we learned that the studio had set Seth Rogen for an R-rated animated pic about a sausage undergoing an existential crisis (really). Now it’s doubling down on the culinary genre with an untitled maple syrup heist pic, which has Rogen’s longtime pal Jason Segel attached to star and Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) on board to direct. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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Horrible Bosses 2 hit a snag last month when director Seth Gordon dropped out due to scheduling conflicts, but they’re back on track now that they’ve hired a replacement.

Sean Anders, director of That’s My Boy and Sex Drive, has signed on to helm. Also climbing aboard is Anders’ frequent collaborator John Morris, who’ll produce. The pair most recently scripted We’re the Millers, which also starred Horrible Bosses actor Jason Sudeikis. Hit the jump for more details on the project.

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Director Seth Gordon Exits ‘Horrible Bosses 2’

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Horrible Bosses did well enough in the summer of 2011 to merit a sequel, but progress on that follow-up has been pretty slow-moving. While screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were hired back for Horrible Bosses 2 back in 2012, stars Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, and Jason Bateman didn’t get around to signing on until earlier this year. And now the project has hit another snag.

Seth Gordon, who directed the first movie and was set to return for the sequel, has just dropped out. His exit leaves New Line scrambling to find a new helmer so that they can shoot this year as planned. Hit the jump to find out why he left.

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Looks like nearly everyone is coming back for Horrible Bosses 2. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis have all signed to reprise their roles from the 2011 comedy for director Seth Gordon, who will once again oversee the bumbling antics of the three dissatisfied friends. Read More »

Here’s one more step in the career upswing of Paul Walker. As we wait for the action shenanigans of Fast & Furious 6 (and the inevitable seventh film) he’s lined up a starring role in the new version of video game series Hitman. And now he’s got another action pic — a remake of Banlieue 13, better known in the US as District B-13.

The remake is to be called Brick Mansions, and will be set in America rather than Paris. In an interesting twist, David Belle, the star of the original film and its sequel, will also appear. Walker’s character will be “an undercover detective chasing a weapon of mass destruction that was stolen by a drug dealer in the ghetto known as Brick Mansions. He seeks help from the incredibly agile Lino (Belle), who knows Brick Mansions better than anyone and is the only person not cowed by the drug dealers.”

Deadline says that Luc Besson and EuropaCorp set Camille Delamarre to direct; Delamarre edited Taken 2 and Colombiana.

After the break, Seth Gordon talks about his WarGames remake and the potential dramatic re-do of King of Kong, and we’ve got the first image from the remake of Danish TV series The Bridge, with the new version made by the director of Miss Bala. Read More »

The first trailer for Identity Thief, from Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon, set up a pretty simple situation where Melissa McCarthy plays a woman who steals the identity of Jason Bateman, and is living the good life with his money. He tracks her down, and finds that the Hobbit-like woman is tougher and more determined than she seems.

This second trailer adds a new wrinkle: the gun-toting duo seen briefly in the first trailer aren’t cops, but enforcers who are also looking for McCarthy, possibly for stealing something a lot bigger than baseman’s credit rating. Oh, and there’s a weird sexual encounter in a hotel to match the plane shenanigans McCarthy got up to in Bridesmaids. Gather your courage and venture forth after the break. Read More »

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Lots of casting, first looks and more in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump find the following:

  • Your first look at Showtime’s new shows Masters of Sex with Lizzy Caplan and Ray Donovan with Liev Schrieber.
  • Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon will helm the pilot for the ABC 1980s family comedy How the F Am I Normal?
  • Jessica Lange will stay with American Horror Story unless Ryan Murphy “sinks the ship.”
  • Meet the season six guest stars of Californication, including Maggie Grace.
  • Check out a photo from the final table read of 30 Rock.
  • Emmy winner Margo Martindale joins the cast of The Americans.
  • Billy Campbell is not returning to The Killing.
  • X-Files star Gillian Anderson joins Hannibal.
  • Watch the trailer for Doctor Who: The Snowmen, a Christmas special.

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When Bridesmaids hit last summer, Melissa McCarthy was the hottest comedic actress in town. She had her pick of funny leading lady roles and when the smoke cleared, she picked Identify Thief. In the film, directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, The King of Kong), McCarthy play as a criminal who ends up in a battle of wills, and wallets, with the white collar man whose identity she steals, played by Jason Bateman.

Featuring supporting performances by Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick and Eric Stonestreet, the February 8, 2013 film just debuted its trailer. Check it out below.

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As Marc Webb continues to ponder whether or not he wants to return to The Amazing Spider-Man for another go-round, another possible follow-up has popped up on the horizon. Webb is reportedly attached to direct the coming-of-age tale The Only Living Boy in New York, written by Rock of Ages scribe Allan Loeb.

Webb replaces Seth Gordon, who signed on to helm back in 2011. Percy Jackson & the Olympians star Logan Lerman (once a contender to play Spidey) was lined up for the lead role at the time, but it’s unclear if he remains on board. More after the jump.

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