One Percent is set against the backdrop of the organic farming community. Helms and Swank would play a husband and wife who are struggling professionally and personally to keep their business afloat, while Harris would play the family patriarch. MRC is expected to take the project out to buyers in a few weeks, likely seeking a straight-to-series order, which has been the company’s strategy. It has been able to secure two-season pickups for its Emmy-winning David Fincher-Kevin Spacey drama House Of Cards at Netflix and the Seth MacFarlane comedy at Starz.
Lionsgate has come on to develop Epic Fail, a comedy from producer Nicky Weinstock and Ed Helms, who co-developed the original idea. Helms is now attached to star in the pic, which centers on an elite but unorthodox Special Forces team that takes their dysfunction and excessive firepower on a desperate mission to save America — led by the only soldier more badass and more mustachioed than a Navy SEAL: The Walrus.
Mike Arnold and Chris Poole will pen the screenplay. The duo has several scripts in development including the Black List script The Grackle. Weinstock is producing via his Invention Films banner along with Helms and Michael Falbo’s Pacific Electric Picture Company shingle. Invention’s Whitney Thomas will executive produce. Lionsgate’s Erik Feig, Matthew Janzen and James Myers will oversee for the studio.
Helms, Arnold and Poole are repped by CAA and Principato Young.
EXCLUSIVE: NBC is renewing its efforts to bring animation back to its comedy lineup. The network has given a presentation order to Mystery Island, an animated comedy voiced and co-written by The Office alum Ed Helms. Helms has teamed on the project with former Office writer-producer Graham Wagner. The duo, who met on the long-running NBC workplace comedy, are co-writing Mystery Island — set on an island where holidaymakers get marooned after their cruise ship malfunctions — for Universal TV where Helms’ newly launched company Pacific Electric Picture Co. has a first-look deal. The two executive produce with Pacific Electric Picture EVP Michael Falbo. This marks the second sale for both Wagner and Pacific Electric Picture. Wagner also is co-writing/exec producing NBC’s live-action The Younger Man, a starring vehicle for Justin Long, who is co-writing with his brother Christian, with Jason Winer exec producing.Pacific Electric Picture also has a live-action NBC comedy project with Aisha Muharrar. Read More »
Ed Helms, star of NBC‘s biggest comedy series of the past five years, The Office, is producing a new comedy project for the network written by Aisha Muharrar. Meanwhile, Fox has bought a comedy produced by one of the stars of its current flagship comedy series, New Girl‘s Jake Johnson. It is written by Matt Spicer.
The Aisha Muharrar NBC project centers on a gifted teen who aspires to be the next Oprah, but lacks the social skills and life experience, so she uses her family and friends as the reluctant case studies in her mission to solve everyone’s problems, including her own. Universal TV, where Helms’ newly launched company Pacific Electric Picture Co. has a first-look deal, is producing, with Helms and Pacific Electric Picture EVP Michael Falbo executive producing. Muharrar, repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham, is currently a producer on NBC/Uni TV’s Parks And Recreation, where she started as a staff writer.
The Matt Spicer Fox project is about a dysfunctional family, centered on a below-average father who’s determined to make them all winners. New Girl studio 20th Century Fox TV is producing, with Johnson and Max Winkler executive producing through their recently launched Walcott Co, which has a deal at 20th TV. Spicer also is executive producing, while Josh Greenbaum is co-executive producing, with Mary Lee overseeing … Read More »
Ed Helms has formed Pacific Electric Picture Co., which will be based at Universal TV, the studio behind The Office, with a first-look deal. Helms has brought in Mosaic’s Mike Falbo as Pacific Electric Picture’s EVP Production & Development. “We are such fans of Ed Helms from his body of work as an actor but we have always been impressed by his instincts and interest in producing,” said Universal Television EVP Bela Bajaria. While the deals for Pacific Electric Picture was still being hammered out, Helms recently sold the first project through the company — a comedy at ABC penned by Mike Arnold (Archer), which follows a brilliant and strong-willed attorney who loses her fiancé and job at the city’s top law firm and takes up with the scrappy, rival firm of misfits across the street. “I’m so thrilled to bring Mike on board the creative gravy train at Pacific Electric Picture Co,” Helms said. “He’s a genuine, wonderful guy with great taste, and a phenomenal work ethic. He also has great hair, which goes a long way in this business.” Read More »
Warner Bros has just dropped the new trailer for The Hangover Part III. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis star in the third and final film in the comedy franchise. This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off. Todd Phillips directed the pic which opens May 24th. Check it out:
HOLLYWOOD, CA, December 12, 2012 – Jessica Alba, Megan Fox and Ed Helms will join the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) President Dr. Aida Takla-O’Reilly to announce the nominations for the 70th Annual Golden Globe® Awards on Thursday morning, December 13, 2012 at approx. 5:00 a.m. (PST)/8:00 a.m. (EST) from the Beverly Hilton. Nominations will be announced in 25 categories.
EXCLUSIVE: Before he returns for another season on The Office,Ed Helms will star opposite Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler in They Came Together, the David Wain-directed comedy that Wain and Michael Showalter wrote for Lionsgate. Helms is playing Eggbert, which is Poehler’s character’s love interest and accountant in this twisted take on the romantic comedy which Showalter’s producing. Poehler plays a small-business owner being crushed by a larger concern. The film shoots in July.
Helms will also do a cameo in We’re The Millers, the New Line comedy directed by Rawson Thurber and which stars Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. Tucker Tooley, Vincent Newman, Happy Walters, and David Heyman are producing. Helms plays Brad, who is Sudekis’ boss and who may be hiding something nefarious and shady.
Helms then returns to The Office on July 30. He’ll shoot The Hangover 3 on September 16. He’s repped by CAA and Principato-Young.
It’s safe to say The Office’s Ed Helms faced one of the most daunting acting challenges of the past TV season — succeeding Steve Carell as the manager of Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch. But while the show itself struggled a bit to find its creative footing in the post-Michael Scott era, the 38-year-old Helms — who has played the adorkably insecure Andy Bernard since Season 3 — never made his task look like work.
AWARDSLINE: You were in the unenviable position having to step in for Steve Carell. Did you feel the weight of that? ED HELMS: I never felt pressure to fill these shoes; I don’t think that’s possible for anyone to do. For me, it was just an exciting chance to take Andy to different places. The actual hierarchy of the office itself was altered by bringing in [James Spader’s] Robert California [as Andy’s boss] so there were enough differences that I didn’t feel like ‘Here I am needing to fill a void.’ It was more like, ‘Here we go in a different direction — let’s see what happens!’ There were places [the story went] that I didn’t understand as well, but the work experience there is just so wonderful and rare. The Office is about the best work experience you could ever hope for.
EXCLUSIVE: All is well when it ends well. I’ve learned that after lengthy negotiations, The Office stars Ed Helms, John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer have reached an agreement in principal to return to the veteran NBC series next season and are inches away from signing on the dotted line. I hear the fourth original Office cast member whose deal is up, B.J. Novak, has not started discussions, but he has a dual role on the series as an actor and writer/executive producer.
EXCLUSIVE: Will we see a duet performance by the Bernard brothers on The Office this coming season? Crooner Josh Groban has been tapped to play the brother of Ed Helms’ character Andy Bernard on the long-running NBC comedy series. This is the latest member of the Bernard clan to be cast as the network just cast Stephen Collins and Dee Wallace as Andy’s parents. This marks Groban’s first major TV acting stint since his star-making turn on Ally McBeal 10 years ago. (He has done a couple of voice over gigs on animated comedies and he also appeared on Glee but as himself, not playing a character.) It comes on the heels of his first movie role in this summer’s comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love., where he co-starred alongside former Office leading man Steve Carell. Here is a video of Groban’s recent Top 10 spot on David Letterman. He is with WME and Q Prime Management: Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has acquired a feature film pitch from scribe Rob Pearlstein as a starring vehicle for Ed Helms, who is coming off the success of the studio’s The Hangover Part II, which has just passed $500 million in global box office. Helms will also executive produce the project, which is being sheperded by Kim Roth, Erin Fredman and Anna Culp at Imagine Entertainment. Greg Silverman, Jon Berg and Andy Fischel will oversee for Warners. Brian Grazer will produce. Helms, repped by CAA and Principato-Young, next appears in Paramount’s Duplass brothers film Jeff Who Lives At Home with Jason Segal and is one of the voices in Universal’s The Lorax. He also will return in the fall for Season 8 of NBC’s The Office. UPDATE: Here’s some details about the screenplay: The plot of the comedic drama, titled True North, centers on pompous travel-show host Brian North (Helms), whose obsessive pursuit of fame and constant travel has alienated his wife and two kids. His plane crashes when on assignment in India, and he awakens from a coma two years later to discover everyone back in New York thinks he’s dead, and he’s had reconstructive surgery that has completely changed his appearance. He returns to Manhattan to win back his family by proving he’s a changed man, but it won’t be easy.
In a move that seems to be about commerce as much as comedy, Warner Bros has started the process on a third installment of The Hangover. Though my sources say there are no deals and that the players involved won’t really get cracking on it for months, it seems likely that Craig Mazin will be writing the three-quel. Reports are surfacing based on an interview he did to promote the film; others involved have hinted at the third pic as well. While Mazin doesn’t have a deal, after Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures just announced that the comedy crossed the $200 million worldwide mark and became the fastest comedy to surpass that number, developing the third film seems inevitable. The picture also blew past the Memorial Day weekend record for an R rated film.
Warner Bros hasn’t announced it’s going for three, and the timing of this film actually took longer than the last one: The Hangover Part II was commissioned before the original picture opened, because test audiences responded so well that Warner Bros knew it had a big hit. Now, there are hurdles to overcome. Warner Bros threatened to scrap The Hangover Part II because of salary disputes with stars Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms. Those guys were paid less than $1 million collectively to star in the first blockbuster, but luckily for the cast, they had no options for a sequel. Their reps smartly dug their heels in, and the trio each got around $5 million against 4% of gross, which ought to mean pretty good backend paydays for The Wolf Pack. Read More »
NBC today confirmed Saturday Night Live‘s guest lineup for May. Former SNL head writer/Weekend Update co-anchor Tina Fey, creator and star of NBC’s comedy 30 Rock, will return for her third stint as host on May 7 with musical guest Ellie Goulding. The Office and Hangover co-star Ed Helms will make his SNL hosting debut on May 14 with musical guest Paul Simon, and SNL favorite Justin Timberlake will take his fourth turn as host on the May 21 season finale with musical guest Lady Gaga.
Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Rob Riggle and Betty White will provide the principal voices for The Lorax, the Illumination Entertainment 3D CGI animated film. The pic is based on the Dr. Seuss tale that follows the tale of a forest creature who shared the enduring power of hope.
DeVito is the Lorax, and Helms will provide the voice of the Once’ler. Efron will voice Ted, the young boy who searched for the Lorax, and Swift will play Audrey, the girl of his dreams. Riggle plays King O’Hare, and White plays Ted’s Grammy Norma. Universal Pictures is distributing. Illumination’s next release is Hop, which opens April 1.