Mule trailer

We’ve all seen or heard the story of a drug mule presented as dark drama or thriller. This Australian film The Mule takes a different approach, presenting the story of a man detained with drugs in his stomach as a very dark comedy. Nabbed by federal police in Australia upon a return from Thailand, a young man can only be detained for seven days… and so he decides to wait out the cops rather than reveal what’s in his body.

In other words, this is a film about a guy trying to avoid going to the bathroom for seven days. Why? Because there are cops who want what might come out, and gangsters who really want what’s in there. With Hugo Weaving as a particularly mean-spirited cop and a cast that also includes Leigh Whannell (Saw), Ewen Leslie, Geoff Morrell, Georgina Haig, Noni Hazlehurst and John Noble, this looks like a weird and funny film. Check out The Mule trailer below.

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Earlier this year there was a rundown of films that Todd Phillips (the two Hangover movies, Old School, Due Date) might direct next. Phillips is already set to do a third Hangover movie for Warner Bros., and his production company has a first-look deal with the studio. One of the possible films was described as: Mule, adapted from Tony D’Souza‘s novel “about a young couple that turns to drug trafficking to scratch a living during the recession.” At the time, WB and Phillips were looking to hire a writer.

Now two writers have been hired, and they’re somewhat surprising. Mark and Jay Duplass, who wrote and directed films like The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Cyrus, and Jeff Who Lives at Home, will script for Phillips to direct. Read More »

Starting with The Hangover, Todd Phillips has turned into a new cash cow for Warner Bros., with the two Hangover movies and Road Trip cumulatively earning more than a billion dollars worldwide. (The Hangover films are responsible for the bulk of that gross.) Not bad for a guy who makes absurd comedies.

Now WB has renewed its first-look deal with Phillips and his company Green Hat Films. And while they work on The Hangover Part III and prepare for the release of the Phillips-produced Project X, there are four other films that are possible directorial follow-ups for Phillips. Details are below. Read More »