Sharing three Hangovers with anybody is rarely a good experience. But for director Todd Phillips and Bradley Cooper, the aftermath of their experience is to pool their resources and form a new unnamed production company in a three-year deal at Warner Bros. That’s where Phillips has been a fixture at Green Hat, and where Cooper is also based under his increasingly prolific 22nd & Indiana Pictures banner. They hatched the company with Warner Bros president Greg Silverman, and it might well be the most formidable pairing of an actor and director since Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney had the WB-based Section Eight. Insiders said that the new partners grew very close, and that Cooper has used him as a soundboard as his own producing volume has increased. They are expected to redouble their efforts and become very active as producers in films Cooper will also sometimes star in and which Phillips will direct.
The first film they will make under the new banner is Arms & The Dude, which has Phillips directing and Jonah Hill circling the role as one of two stoners who become arms dealers for the U.S., get a $300 million contract and find themselves in danger abroad and in trouble back home because they were completely out of their depth. The pic is based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson and Phillips has been working on it for years under his Green Hat banner. Mark Gordon is also producing and Bryan Zuriff exec producing. Jason Smilovic is writing the script. Lawson is repped by Hotchkiss & Associates. Read More »
The book is a Rear Window-style paranoid thriller. A map-obsessed schizophrenic savant witnesses a murder in New York through a computer map program, and then convinces his brother to investigate. These impulses never end well, and the siblings find themselves smack in the center of a deadly political conspiracy. It is the first thriller for The Hangover helmer. Jon Silk co-producing and Barclay and Scott Budnick and Mark O’Connor exec producing. Read More »
The future of Hollywood franchises is international and it is female, producers agreed this afternoon on the Studio Tentpoles panel at the PGA’s Produced By Conference. “I think Hollywood was too stupid to figure that out for a while” said The Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson, citing the recent success of the her own new franchise and The Twilight Saga as examples of female-driven blockbusters. “I think that there will be something really big that will reverse engineer itself for the American market,” said Transformers and Red producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, taking a different perspective and noting the changing nature of the French film industry toward more populist fare. “It’s going to come at us and I think that will be a good thing.” Jacobson also lamented Hollywood’s pursuit of what she called the “fanboy” audience. “Can you think, between movies, TV, video games and porn, any audience that has a shorter attention span?” she asked. She pointed out that women are the primary economic decision-makers in most households. Di Bonaventura and Jacobson were joined on the panel by The Hangover movies’ director Todd Phillips and “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” producer Debra Martin Chase. Former Warner Bros executive Kevin McCormick, producer of the upcoming Gangster Squad, moderated the panel. Philips declined to say anything about the plot of The Hangover 3 except that it is “not going to be another forgotten night.” Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros, Electric City Entertainment and Todd Phillips’ Green Hat Films have set Mark & Jay Duplass to adapt Mule, the Tony D’Souza novel about a young couple’s unexpected entry into the world of “muling” marijuana cross-country to scratch out a living during the recession. Phillips is developing the project to direct.
Electric City partners Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell found the book and are producing with Green Hat’s Phillips and Scott Budnick. The Duplass siblings recently released Jeff, Who Lives At Home through Paramount Vantage, with The Do-Deca Pentathlon coming from Fox Searchlight and Red Flag.
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has acquired remake rights to the Danish film and TV series Klovn. The studio has set Danny McBride to write and star in Clown, a film he will produce through his Rough House banner along with Todd Phillips and his Green Hat Films. The film follows the basic premise of the Mikkel Nørgaard-directed film, a concept created by Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam, who’ll also be producers on the project. The logline: two men and a 13-year old boy embark on an R-rated vacation.
In the original film that followed the TV series, Casper and Frank plan a canoeing trip deemed “Tour de Pussy” in which they plan to party hard and have as much sex as possible. Then, Frank discovers his girlfriend is pregnant and wants to get rid of the baby. She’ll only relent if he can prove he’ll be a worthy father. Frank’s answer is to take her 11-year old son on the canoe trip, but he and his buddy don’t change any of their plans for debauchery. The film was widely compared to The Hangover, and sounds like a perfect premise for Phillips, but at this point, he’s only producing and not attached to direct. In the remake, the kid will be 13 years old.
McBride will start work immediately. His HBO series Eastbound & Down airs its finale this Sunday. McBride played a … Read More »
BURBANK, CA, March 22, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures are reteaming with Todd Phillips for “The Hangover Part III,” the third installment in the record-breaking comedy franchise, which is slated for release on May 24, 2013. The announcement was made today by Jeff Robinov, President Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
“The Hangover Part III” will star Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, who will reprise the roles of Phil, Stu and Alan, collectively known to moviegoers as “the Wolfpack.” In the previous two films, the three friends’ attempts to plan a celebration have resulted in disaster for them, but led to a combined billion-dollar success at the worldwide box office.
EXCLUSIVE: After the first three films made at Warner Bros by Todd Phillips’ Green Hat Films banner grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide, he has been re-upped to a new first-look deal that keeps him on the lot until the end of 2013. Phillips has been based at the studio since 2005, after he directed the 2004 comedy Starsky & Hutch for the studio.
Green Hat, which is working on a third installment of The Hangover, has four other projects percolating at the studio as potential directing vehicles for Phillips. Green Hat is also partnered with Silver Pictures on Project X, a micro-budget comedy which opens March 2–with a cast of complete newcomers. Green Hat is developing:
* An adaptation of the Tony D’Souza novel Mule, about a young couple that turns to drug trafficking to scratch a living during the recession. Green Hat’s Phillips and Scott Budnick are producing with Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell’s Electric City Entertainment. They are out to writers.
*Arms and the Dudes, based on a Guy Lawson Rolling Stone article that chronicled the unlikely rise of two stoners in Miami Beach who became big-time arms dealers, and suddenly had it all taken away by the Pentagon. Phillips and Budnick produce with Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff. Stephen Chin (I Rock Iraq) is in talks to write it.
* The Island, a project scripted by Due Date‘s Adam Sztykiel from a story by Travis Fickett and Terry Matalas; the logline’s … Read More »
Warner Bros put up a new trailer for the R-Rated teen party movie Project X, produced by the director of Road Trip, Old School, Due Date and The Hangover movies. Directed by feature first-timer Nima Nourizadeh from a script by Matt Drake and Michael Bacall, it’s scheduled to open March 2nd.
Here’s a first look at Project X, the $12 million budget, hard R-rated comedy from Warner Bros that marks the directing debut of British video/commercials director Nima Nourizadeh. The project was deliberately crafted to be populated with a cast of complete newcomers, and it was creatively godfathered by Todd Phillips and Silver Pictures. It opens March 2. Seems to be high on the debauchery scale and it will be intriguing to see Warner Bros work it, since the budget is probably the catering budget on most Warner Bros films.
What to do with Project X, the $12 million raunchy R-rated Warner Bros comedy that was constructed secretly and produced by Todd Phillips and executive produced by Joel Silver, and populated with a cast that was chosen on the basis of never having done anything recognizable? Warner Bros, which probably hasn’t had a film with this low a budget since the Depression, has moved the film out of its Nov. 23 date. It will now open March 2, 2012. The studio has also given the Walter Hill-directed Sylvester Stallone-starrer Bullet to the Head an April 13, 2012 release date, getting the film out before the summer onslaught.
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 »
The nature of a hangover is that it’s dreadful because of the lingering headache. Warner Bros is experiencing just that after mistakenly slapping its trailer for the R-rated Todd Phillips-directed The Hangover sequel on the front of the PG-13 film The Source Code, without first running that by the MPAA. Warner Bros has rectified the situation and issued the following statement:
“In our haste to meet the placement schedule for this trailer, we failed to properly vet the final version with the MPAA. We acted immediately to correct the mistake and removed the trailer from screens.”
The good part for Warner Bros is Deadline readers get to the see the offending trailer again. Here it is:
EXCLUSIVE: Paul Giamatti has been set to join The Hangover Part II. He will join director Todd Phillips and the film’s cast in Thailand in a few weeks. Giamatti is filming Too Big to Fail for HBO, playing Ben Bernanke, and he’s been stumping for Oscar consideration for his starring role in Barney’s Version. Giamatti will next be seen in the Tom McCarthy-directed Win Win for Fox Searchlight.
Liam Neeson will shoot his cameo in The Hangover: Part II this Sunday in Los Angeles. Director Todd Phillips moved quickly to lock in a replacement for Mel Gibson, who was dropped from playing the role of an intense tattoo artist because of objections from cast and crew. Neeson recently starred in Unknown for Warner Bros, which the studio is high on and slotted to open on President’s Day weekend.
BREAKING NEWS… Mel Gibson won’t be appearing in The Hangover Part II despite web reports he’d play a tattoo artist in the Todd Phillips-directed pic. Warner Bros and its financing partner Legendary Pictures released a statement from Phillips. “I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team. But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew,” Phillips said.
I think the world of Phillips, but I didn’t find it admirable when WME dropped Gibson as a client, and I think this development is disappointing. Mike Tyson, who was convicted or rape and served time for it, can be in The Hangover, but Gibson can’t, because he made an anti-Semitic remark during a DUI arrest and had some scary voice mails bared against his wishes? Stars still flock to work with Roman Polanski, even though he can’t make movies in the U.S. because he fled after admittedly having a sexual encounter with a 13-year old girl. Clearly, Gibson has been his own worst enemy, but as a director of films like Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto, there are few better.
Warner Bros has issued a new trailer for the Todd Phillips-directed Due Date, with Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis. This one, for the international market, gives up a few more laughs than an earlier trailer. I’ve seen the movie and can report they haven’t given away all the best jokes in the trailer as comedies sometimes do. They’ve barely scratched the surface.