EXCLUSIVE: In their pilot directing debut, feature directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra are set to helm and executive produce ABC’s Cullen brothers single-camera comedy pilot. Additionally, joining the cast of the multi-generational family comedy, which locked in James Caan earlier today, is Ben Koldyke (How I Met Your Mother, Big Love). Requa and Ficarra, who wrote and directed I Love You Phillip Morris, wrote Bad Santa and directed Crazy, Stupid, Love, were hotly pursued for pilots this season.
The Cullen brothers project, from 20th TV, centers on Terry Gannon, a recently divorced single mother who temporarily moves in with her estranged father (Caan), a beer-swilling former baseball player. She reluctantly starts coaching her son Tommy’s (Griffin Gluck) underdog Little League team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind. Koldyke will play Dick Slingbaugh, the macho, handsome Little League coach who’s more than a little full of himself. This marks Koldyke’s return to ABC where he starred in the ill-fated comedy Work It last season. He is with Gersh and Brian Medavoy. The Cullen brothers are executive producing the pilot with Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment, Requa and Ficarra. Charlie Gogolak, Requa and Ficarra’s producing partner at Zaftig Films, serves as producer. WME-repped Requa and Ficarra have been prepping con-artist feature comedy Focus starring Kristen Stewart.
In an effort to catch up with the animated films being generated at other studios, Warner Bros has formed what it calls a feature animation creative consortium. They’ve identified a core group of filmmakers to form a Justice … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: As Warner Bros prepares to open Ben Affleck’s Oscar-season entry Argo, the studio is in early talks with Affleck to star in Focus. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa wrote the script and will direct. Denise DiNovi is producing. All of this is subject to finding the right female lead, but it all sounds promising and Warner Bros is eager to move quickly and get this into production. Focus tells the story of a veteran con man who gets involved with a newcomer to the grifter business. They become involved romantically but that becomes perilous in a business where they lie and cheat for a living. The complications of the encounter haunt them when they meet up again in the future. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa have made a Warner Bros deal to direct their script Focus, which will be produced by Denise DiNovi. She was a producer on the last comedy they made for the studio, Crazy, Stupid, Love. … Read More »
Here is a new redband trailer for I Love You Phillip Morris, the film that will be released December 3 by Roadside Attractions. The subversive comedy evident in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s comedy script Bad Santa were missing from earlier promotional materials on the film. They are evident in … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment have acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to I Love You Phillip Morris. Written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the fact based film stars Jim Carrey as a married conman who falls … Read More »