I would like to make some overarching generalization about writers in Hollywood who become directors and call themselves story tellers. But for every writer turned director (Frank Darabont), to director with a natural flair for writing (Jon Favreau) to those writers so weird they could only direct themselves (Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith) there is always a bad apple in the bunch to ruin it for them (M. Night Shyamalan). But I have a feeling that the men behind the script for Zombieland, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, will be able to handle the camera well and turn Doc and Howie into a very good comedy about, what else, death and sex.
Reese and Wernick have been all over the studios picking up projects left and right, but this is their first directing gig. Among other things they have the Zombieland sequel, the G.I. Joe sequel, an adaptation of Cowboy Ninja Viking, and a Deadpool spinoff. Those cynical would note that those are all adaptations of other’s materials and not original but those cynical enough to note that would be pleased that they have an original story Earth Vs. Moon in development as well.
Doc and Howie was first called Doc and Howie Whack a Granny and sat in the top dozen on last year’s Black List, an annual compiling of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays (which just goes to show you why we bitch about the lack of originality in Hollywood while shit like Cat & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore gets produced, but whatever). The film follows two guys who accidentally cause an elderly woman to die by not helping her up the stairs with her groceries. That would weigh heavy enough on the conscious as it is, but this is Hollywood, and the old woman has two hot granddaughters so that causes some complications. Nothing shouts true love like physical appearances attractive enough to make you hesitate in admitting to unknowingly causing a loved one’s death, but Zombieland was really funny so we’ll see how this goes.
Source: Hollywood Reporter