BREAKING: Universal Pictures has set Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis to star in One Night On The Hudson, a TJ Fixman-scripted comedy that will be directed by Seth Gordon. Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing at Disruption. This shapes up as a re-team between Day, Sudeikis and Gordon from Horrible Bosses, the New Line comedy that is in the process of being sequelized. The logline: rookie cop and the criminal he caught go on the lam from crooked cops.
Sudeikis continues as a castmember on Saturday Night Live and next stars in New Line’s We’re The Millers, while Day continues to star in It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. He also is part of the ensemble of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, which Parent produced for Legendary Pictures. Gordon just directed the hit comedy Identity Thief for Universal. Gordon is producing as well. Fixman is repped by WME and Fourth Floor Productions’ Jeff Silver.
UPDATED: FX has found Archer a buddy. The cable network has given a 13-episode order to Unsupervised (working title), a new animated comedy series, created and executive produced by It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia‘s Rob Rosell, Scott Marder and David Hornsby. The show will premiere in January and will be paired with FX’s existing animated comedy Archer. Unsupervised hails from RCG, the production company of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia masterminds Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton. It is the first series to come out of the $40 million deal RCG signed with FX Prods. last month.
Unsupervised is a comedy about optimistic best friends Gary and Joel navigating the harsh landscape of teenage life and trying to do what’s right without any parental guidance whatsoever. Its voice cast includes Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Romany Malco, Kaitlin Olson and Alexa Vega, along with Rosell and Hornsby. “Having worked with David, Rob and Scott for many years on Sunny, it gives us great pleasure to see them make their own stamp on FX,” said FX’s EVP Nick Grad. “Unsupervised is a great addition to our comedy roster and, like all of our comedies, it’s smart and really funny.” Unsupervised is produced by FX Prods, in association with RCG Prods and Floyd County. The series will be animated by Archer executive producers Adam Reed and Matt Thompson. It marks the second series for Hornsby, … Read More »
In her first producing effort since leaving as chairman of the MGM Worldwide Motion Picture Group, Mary Parent has come aboard as producer of Pacific Rim, Legendary Pictures’ big-budget action film that Guillermo del Toro will begin shooting in November. Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day and Idris Elba star. Parent joins Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashini as producer, with del Toro also producing. Parent has been prepping the film for the past month. After exiting MGM, she started Disruption Entertainment and made a first-look deal at Paramount., But Legendary has plenty of movies prepping and they needed an experienced hand on the ground on location in Toronto. Parent’s Disruption execs, Cale Boyter and Luke Ryan, continue to develop projects, but Parent had the time and lends an experienced hand to a tent pole pic.
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.
It was announced earlier today at TCA that FX’s comedy Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been renewed for two more seasons to become the longest-running live-action comedy on basic cable, with creators/executive producers Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day’s company signed to a production deal valued at $40 million-$50 million. It caps a remarkable rise for the trio who, as struggling young actors, walked into FX with a $200 video they had shot in their backyard that was inspired by the British Office, which they though looked very cheaply shot with 2 cameras. “They had no experience, literally no experience writing, no experience producing or directing or doing anything, but they were talented and ambitious and eager to learn,” FX president John Ladgraf said earlier, noting that McElhenney didn’t quit his job as a waiter until Season 2. “And what they needed was a little bit of structure, a little bit of support, and somebody to believe in them.” Day gave FX credit “for looking at a group of young guys who weren’t in television, but we’re just young actors who had an idea for a television show, and trusting their ability to create their vision, as opposed to, you know, forcing us to work with a senior showrunner who had done a million generic sitcoms, or something. So, you know, you have to give credit to FX for letting … Read More »
Deadline Comic-Con TV corresondent Gary Hodges files:
One of the last panels of the day in Hall H was It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) started a bit late, pushed back by panels like Doctor Who (BBC America) and The Cleveland Show (FOX) that had run a bit long. Nobody seemed to care: Always Sunny has been well-received by the Comic-Con crowd in the past, and this year was no exception. It opened with a screening of an episode from the upcoming season, “Frank’s Pretty Woman.” In it, Frank has a new “girlfriend”: a prostitute named Roxy. The gang is horrified; Charlie asks “You’re dating a prostitute?” “Not for long,” says Frank. “I’m going to make that whore my wife!”
From there the show splits into a few different directions: Charlie wants to help Frank realize he doesn’t have to pay for companionship, Dennis and Mac explore life treating their bodies however they like (Mac has gotten fat, and Dennis misses crack terribly after his brief experiences with it), and Dee tries to reform Roxy, but begins to see the hooker’s life as glamorous. Without spoiling anything, the highlights would include Charlie projectile vomiting what looks like thick geysers of blood into people’s faces, Mac – diagnosed with adult-onset diabetes – giving himself insulin shots in his fat belly as he eats chimichangas, and Frank’s proposal to Roxy: “Roxy, you are good shit, but I want to make this legit.” Roy Orbison’s Pretty Woman plays over the end credits, in a scene that’s both deranged and hysterical.
The cast then … Read More »