We just talked about the possibly-revived Neighborhood Watch; now here’s news on another sci-fi comedy that has been kicking around for a while. Used Guys was once meant to be directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents) with Jim Carrey and Ben Stiller starring as men “in a future run by women, where cloned male slaves are traded like cars.” Fox shut down the film when the budget started to escalate and most of the talent moved on to other projects.

Now Danny McBride is attached to the role Jim Carrey would have played. Little Miss Sunshine directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton were attached to direct last year, and they remain a part of the project. A small mention in Variety says that Fox is looking for a ‘scaled-down’ production, compared to the expensive Jay Roach version. No word on other cast attachments for now, including whether Ben Stiller, who stuck around when others bailed, is still part of the film. [The Playlist]

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Used Guys Refit Looking Very Good

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According to a new piece in The Hollywood Reporter, Fox are reworking rather radically one of their old- in-development projects… and the new version is sound pretty darn tasty.

Originally, Used Guys was set up to star Jim Carrey and Ben Stiller as a pair of past-their-prime clones in a world where ‘natural’ men are extinct. Upstaged by newer models with better listening and bedroom skills, they get returned and from their embark upon a quest to find the mythical paradise they call Mantopia. Cue male bonding and a sci-fi slanted spin on remasculation wish fulfillment.

Now, though, it’s all change with Carrey out, Reese Witherspoon in, and Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris negotiating to direct. What of the story though? How drastically will that have to be overhauled to deal with a female-male pairing and not just a couple of chaps up front?

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