When a couple of slacker buddies need a costume party plan, they come up with the fine idea of going faux Five-O. So Damon Wayans Jr and Jake Johnson don their LAPD uniforms, and people think they’re the real thing. Our heroes soon experience the respect (and women and drugs and such) that comes with it. They take the joke to the next level by creating a fake squad car, and serious hijinks ensue. But so does stumbling into real crooks and major crimes. Luke Greenfield directs Let’s Be Cops, which he co-wrote with Nicholas Thomas. Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D’Arcy and Andy Garcia co-star. Fox opens the buddy action comedy August 13. Check out the NSFW trailer:
20th Century Fox has dropped a new trailer for action comedy Let’s Be Cops. It follows the red band version that debuted last month. Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson star as buddies who pretend to be officers of the law — then find themselves in over their head with mobsters and dirty detectives. Cast also includes Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D’Arcy and Andy Garcia. Pic hits theaters on August 13.
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 …
EXCLUSIVE: Having worked together on New Girl and the feature Ceremony, Jake Johnson and Max Winkler have now formally teamed up with a production company at 20th Century Fox TV. The new shingle is called The Walcott Company and the duo have brought Management 360’s Mary Lee on board to run it for them. This follows the actor and the writer-director collaborating on the single camera comedy pilot The B-Team for Fox TV and Imagine TV last year as well as Winkler directing a number of episodes of New Girl’s recently concluded second season. The two sold a mob feature comedy pitch to Warner Bros last year. Repped by CAA and Management 360, Winkler is set to direct The Coward, based on an adaptation he co-wrote with Matt Spicer of Nick Jones’ comic play about 18th century English aristocrats. Chris O’Dowd will star in the film. Returning for New Girl’s third season in the fall, Johnson will be seen with Olivia Wilde in the upcoming indie Drinking Buddies later this summer as well in the Fox action pic Let’s Be Cops which is expected out next year. The actor is repped by UTA and 3 Arts.
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Jake Johnson took Emmy watchers by surprise earlier this year when the New Girl actor elected to exit the supporting actor category in favor of the coveted, competitive lead race (pitting him against such awards heavyweights as Alec Baldwin, Jim Parsons and Jon Cryer). But upon closer inspection, the move was something of a no-brainer. The burgeoning relationship between Johnson’s Nick and Zooey Deschanel’s Jess was the driving force behind the Fox comedy’s stellar second season, and it cemented the actor’s status as a bonafide romantic leading man. In a recent conversation, the 34-year-old Chicago native talks about entering the lead-actor Emmy race, opens up about butting heads with series creator Elizabeth Meriwether, and votes for his favorite Season 2 episode.
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