Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have the magic touch. And by magic touch I mean they have written several very funny movies and its no wonder a studio hired them to rework a pretty solid sounding premise. Neighborhood Watch was originally written by Jared Stern and went through the motions of being attached to one person or another (from everyone like Wedding Crashers’ David Dobkin to Will Ferrell) before finding itself in the laps of Rogen and Goldberg.
The story follows a group of middle aged men in a neighborhood who create the community watch program as an excuse to hang out. But then things get serious when they uncover a world domination plot by a sinister group of people and one would imagine they take matters into their own hands because the second half of a movie that is “Let me call the cops. Hey cops, you need to arrest these people. Ok, thanks, you too! Bye.” is not the best second act.
Comedies are subjective to taste. But we can all agree that Rogen’s movies are at least well written, right? I mean, he and Goldberg have written Superbad, Pineapple Express, and the upcoming Green Hornet. Even if you don’t think they’re funny, they’re at least well written. Agree with me on that at least. Come on, meet me halfway. Ok, how about Rogen’s laugh. That’s funny. Good, glad we can all agree on that.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Russell Brand may have spent much of yesterday running around New York in blue man-panties for Arthur, but in his next role, he’s trading up to a codpiece. The rockstar-esque Get Him To The Greek comedian is set to produce and star in Hawkwood, a historical comedy about the famed 14th century mercenary. See, Hollywood? It's not that difficult to come up with a new idea.
Brand brought the idea for Hawkwood to 20th Century Fox, whose Nicky Weinstock will executive produce the project. Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark will produce the film along with Brand, with Jared Stern, who worked on the Arthur script, writing the screenplay.
The film will center around John Hawkwood, an English sword-for-hire who fought for France and Italian states in a number of Renaissance wars. It’s clear that Brand could have a lot of fun with this role; Hawkwood was famed for switching sides in battles and playing the political groups of Italy against each other. He also fought for the Pope and hung out with Chaucer, so there’s bound to be some fun historical cameos worked in. Historical comedies have been a mixed bag in the past (recent Jack Black/Michael Cera attempt Year One was pretty awful), but I’m a sucker for history jokes. Trust me, the black death and the peasant’s revolt are comedy goldmines, as Monty Python could tell you. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for we journalists to make jokes about Russell Brand being a “gifted swordsman.” Everybody wins!