Betty Thomas To Direct ‘Desperados’

Betty ThomasUniversal Pictures has been trying to get Desperados made for some time. The studio had originally hired Wayne McClammy, the man behind the Jimmy Kimmel/Sarah SilvermanI’m fucking Matt Damon/I’m fucking Ben Affleck” videos, to helm the Ellen Rapoport-scripted comedy, but he exited over creative differences. Now it looks like Betty Thomas (Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel) has decided to make it her next directorial effort.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Thomas will direct Isla Fisher, who’s long been attached to the film, in a female-skewed, Hangover-toned romp about a woman who sends an indignant email to her new beau, who has gone silent after they have sex, only to discover he’s comatose in a Mexican hospital. Panicking, she races south of the border with her friends in tow to intercept the email before he recovers.

Thomas, a former actress who found greater success behind the camera, is a solid choice for this kind of film. She’s got a pretty varied resume, but all of her films, from The Brady Bunch Movie to Private Parts to I Spy, have a strong comedic element to them. Though I think Desperados sports a terribly contrived premise (that appears to totally rip the plot from Todd Phillips’ Road Trip), Thomas is the right woman for the job. 

Source: THR