Friday we let you know there a pitch circling Hollywood for a film project, directed by Jay Roach, that would feature Zack Galifianakis and Will Ferrell as political rivals in a comedy timed for release near the 2012 Presidential Election. Well, it only took 24 hours or so for a studio to scoop it up. Deadline reported that Warner Brothers acquired the project Saturday. We also learned that the script was penned by Chris Henchy, who co-wrote Ferrell’s last comedy The Other Guys, and Shawn Harwell, who worked on Eastbound and Down. It’ll be produced by Ferrell, Galifianakis, Adam McKay and Jay Roach. Warner Brothers is thought of as one of the most innovative and exciting studios in town, so this should be a great fit.
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America’s very own Kenny Powers aka The Man with the Golden Dick is officially leaving North Carolina and shipping off to play ball(s) in Mexico, better known as Hell on Earth in recent months due to drug cartel violence, kidnappings, and the rest of it. So, yikes, the “sour patch” seems only to worsen for Danny McBride‘s iconic steroid-taking professional baseball pitcher turned existential curse of an oaf. In early April, I wrote of the confirmation of an international change of setting from Eastbound & Down co-director, David Gordon Green. He first brought up the possibility in 2008 during my set visit. In recent weeks, Puerto Rico had been bandied about quite a bit as a shooting location for the HBO series, but as I hinted, the island will sub in for ever-topical Mexico. The core team has been in Rico working on the scripts for the next eight episodes (its predecessor had six), and shooting begins in May.
Now, Deadline confirms two new regulars for the second season. In line with rumors, many of season uno’s beloved characters won’t be returning. One of the regulars for season two, actor Michael Pena, is a no brainer. He played the amazing thief/mall pig named Dennis in 2009’s Observe & Report, the cult classic sophomore feature from EB&D co-creator and co-director Jody Hill. In a subtle hat tip to the movie and the series’ new setting, fans will recall that Dennis fled America in a raffle car for Mexico where “the water’s warm and the girls are wet. ” More details south of the border, including news and pics of Kenny’s vivacious new lady friend…
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Last night we told you that Eastbound & Down writer Shawn Harwell was writing a big screen comedy adaptation of the graphic novel Hench for Danny McBride. The story follows a football player who suffers a career-ending injury and resorts to working as henchman to a successful villain. CHUD has learned that McBride is pushing Warner Bros to set the film in the DC Comics universe, and allow them to involve some of the super villains.
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Warner Bros has acquired rights to the 64-page black and white graphic novel Hench, which they plan to develop as comic book comedy starring Danny McBride. Eastbound & Down writer Shawn Harwell will write the screenplay. McBride will play a football player who suffers a career-ending injury and resorts to working as henchman to a successful villain. Sounds like a fun concept, and I could definitely see McBride in this role.
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Mad Men certainly deserves all of the praise thus far received in its first two seasons on AMC, but I always thought it a tad disconcerting that AMC’s Breaking Bad has purred in the background like colorful dry ice. Not only is the series as entertaining, well-produced, and agreeably shrewd with its layered characters, but creator Vince Gilligan has given a daring, nutty jolt to themes long mastered by others shows i.e. the drug war (The Wire) and the rapport between money and mortality (The Sopranos).
At last year’s Emmys, when lead actor Bryan Cranston beat out Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall and Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, the underdog bite in the W mirrored that of Walter White‘s, the cancer-stricken, primo meth-cooking family man he plays. Season Two begins tonight at 10 p.m. EST. and picks up immediately where the first left off. If you’re a fan, it’s been a friggin’ longtime coming, eh? Almost a year to the day. If you haven’t been following, recommended. This is easily one of the best shows going…
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