Universal Pictures has changed the name of its Zac Efron starrer. Formerly called Townies, the pic also starring Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne is now titled Neighbors. Directed by Nick Stoller, Neighbors is a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn daughter. It’s still set for a May 9, 2014 release.
UPDATE: After setting psychological thriller The Loft for a summer 2014 debut, Universal’s also slotted its Zac Efron starrer Townies for a 2014 debut. The comedy stars Efron, Seth Rogen, and Rose Byrne in the tale of a young couple forced to move in with their newborn baby right next to a frat house. Nick Stoller (Get Him To The Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) directs. Townies will hit theaters May 9.
PREVIOUSLY: Universal says it will release psychological thriller The Loft on August 29, 2014. Karl Urban (Star Trek Into Darkness) and James Marsden (2 Guns) star in the story of five married guys who conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city – a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft and each begins to suspect the other. So far The Loft has the August 29, 2014 date all to itself.
EXCLUSIVE: After scoring a seven-figure deal with Universal for their R-rated comedy Townies, Andrew Cohen and Brendan O’Brien sold another pitch over the Easter weekend. This one also went for 7-figures and is based on the Craiglist ad that went viral in February when brothers Mike and Dave Stangle took to the personals in search of wedding dates. The untitled project takes it one step further: When the hard-partying bros finally select plus-ones, their dates end up even being even bigger messes than they are.
EXCLUSIVE: Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who’ve developed chemistry in a popular series of Funny Or Die web videos, are joining forces onscreen. They’re joining Universal Pictures‘ Nicholas Stoller-directed comedy Townies, the upcoming Seth Rogen and Zac Efron comedy that will also star Rose Byrne. Efron plays a frat president and Franco plays his best pal and vice president. Pic is produced by Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver for Point Grey Pictures and Good Universe’s Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane are exec producers with Andrew Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. GU’s Matt Leonetti and Nicole Brown are co-producers.
Franco is coming off Warm Bodies and has Now You See Me coming out in May from Summit. Mintz-Plasse just wrapped Kick Ass 2 and worked with Rogen in Superbad. Franco is repped by CAA and Miles Levy at James Levy Management, and Mintz-Plasse is repped by UTA and Principato Young.