Briefly: McG has been shooting his action-filled romantic comedy This Means War for a few weeks, with Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon starring. Now Angela Bassett has been added to the cast.
The story follows two agents and best friends (Pine and Hardy) who go to war over the affections of one woman (Witherspoon). Angela Bassett will play the CIA boss of the who men; she’s a lifer, and has no real experience or interest outside the agency. Additional cast includes David Koechner, Chelsea Handler, Til Schweiger and Leela Savastas. Despite the direction of McG and the fact that the script has been floating around in development hell for years, I’m curious to see how this one turns out. Can’t resist Tom Hardy as a comically aggressive CIA agent, and Angela Bassett is always a welcome sight. [Variety]
Briefly: McG is now working on his romantic comedy with action overtones, This Means War. The core cast — Chris Pine versus Tom Hardy — is enough to make me ignore past feelings about McG and generate some interest for the film. Reese Witherspoon is playing the woman the two guys are essentially fighting over, and now Chelsea Lately host Chelsea Handler has signed on to play the best friend and confidante of Witherspoon’s character.
As we’ve said before, This Means War is a script that has been kicking around for a long time, but was recently rewritten and put on a fast track to production. With the script as it stands now, Hardy and Pine are “two best friends, both of whom are spies, who go to war with each other after falling in love with the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). It’s about what’s more important — your best friend or the love of your life — and what happens when the two come into conflict with each other.” [Deadline]
Briefly: Crap, now I have to be early in line to see McG‘s next film. The director has been prepping This Means War, a significantly rewritten version of a script that has been floating around Hollywood for years. The lead role was recently offered to Sam Worthington, but the actor has officially bowed out and a deal has reportedly been signed for Tom Hardy (Inception, Bronson) to step in. Opposite Hardy will be Chris Pine. In other words, the new Captain Kirk and one of the breakout actors from Inception (and the next Mad Max) are in a big city-rocking war in this new movie? That might do most of McG’s work, right there.
The script has changed quite a bit in the past year or so as it has been back in active development. At this point, Hardy and Pine would be “Two best friends, both of whom are spies, who go to war with each other after falling in love with the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). It’s about what’s more important — your best friend or the love of your life — and what happens when the two come into conflict with each other.”
I love seeing Danny McBride break out as a legit talent — The Foot Fist Way, Tropic Thunder and Pineapple Express got him in front of audiences, but the HBO show Eastbound and Down really made his name. Now, as the second season of that show prepares to air, there’s word that McBride will get to star in Bullies, based on his own story idea.
The film follows “two brothers who finally get a comeuppance after bullying people their whole lives.” Curious to hear who’ll co-star with McBride (the plot sounds like it could so easily be a Will Ferrell / John C. Reilly affair) but we do know that Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul will write, and McBride will produce with David Gordon Green, Jody Hill and Matt Reilly. [Deadline]
After the break, loads more casting info, including new work (maybe) for Sam Worthington, Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage and Clive Owen. Read More »
[Update: The Wrap now have the updated logline for the film. It now reads: “Two best friends, both of whom are spies, go to war with each other after falling in love with the same woman. It’s about what’s more important — your best friend or the love of your life — and what happens when the two come into conflict with each other.” Original story follows.]
The big-budget romantic comedy This Means War, which comes complete with scenes of city destruction, has been in the works at Fox for a long time. It was once a Martin Lawrence film, and several directors have been attached over the years.
Now This Means War has McG attached to direct, as we’ve reported before, and Reese Witherspoon set to star. At one point Bradley Cooper seemed set to play the male lead, but now Fox is interested in other actors, including Seth Rogen and Chris Pine. Read More »
Bradley Cooper has pulled out of McG‘s next film, a romantic comedy called This Means War. According to EW, Cooper was forced to make the decision due to scheduling conflicts: The July start date for the Fox romcom overlapped with the start of The Hangover 2. Reese Witherspoon is still attached, but not yet officially signed, same with McG. It is possible that this film might completely fall apart again. Fox has had this one for a long time; it was originally intended as a Martin Lawrence film, and a number of directors have been attached over the years.
The movie revolves around two best friends, inseparable since childhood, that fall in love with the same woman (Witherspoon) and go to war against each other. THR says the “ensuing battle escalates to mammoth proportions, with New York City demolished in their wake.”
McG‘s next film may be his first romantic comedy; the director is in talks to direct a film called This Means War for Fox. We’ve reported on this project very briefly before, but had very little info at the time. McG’s talks suggest that Fox is really pushing the film forward. As we last mentioned, Reese Witherspoon and Bradley Cooper are currently attached, but none of the three are signed. Variety stresses that McG hasn’t yet made a deal.
THR offers a few more plot details, noting that it is a “tale of two best friends, inseparable since childhood, who fall in love with the same woman (Witherspoon). The two men’s bond disintegrates and their ensuing battle escalates to mammoth proportions, with New York City demolished in their wake.”
Fox has had this one for a long time; it was originally intended as a Martin Lawrence film, and a number of directors have been attached over the years. More than anything else, this is probably good news for people who want McG occupied so he can’t become involved with other projects of note.
A couple months ago, when we heard that I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence was eying a movie based on the DC character Sgt. Rock, we noted that before he got to anything else he was likely to adapt Water for Elephants. Now we know that’s exactly what he’ll do. Scripted by Richard LaGravenese from Sara Gruen‘s novel, the film already had Reese Witherspoon attached to star. Now Sean Penn and Robert Pattinson are looking to sign on as well. Read More »