A Christmas Story's Ralphie Making His Directorial Debut With Couples Retreat
by Alex Billington
September 19, 2008
How's this for a change of pace? Peter Billingsley, who played Ralphie in A Christmas Story, will be making his directorial debut with a film called Couples Retreat. But that's not all, because Jon Favreau, who you know as the director of Iron Man, will be starring in it as well. Talk about a flip-fop of roles! Favreau actually wrote the script and will be starring with his good friend Vince Vaughn, along with Jason Bateman and Faizon Love as well. Since that "defining" role in 1983, Billingsley has gone on to produce most of Favreau's films and work as a second-unit director, and is now making his directorial debut after directing a short titled The Sacred Fire from 1994. This sounds like one hell of a good comedy.
Couples Retreat follows four couples who go to a tropical island resort. While one couple is there to work on their marriage, the others are there to play, but they all soon discover that participation in the resort's couples therapy is not optional. The idea for the film was originally devised by Vince Vaughn before being handed off to Jon Favreau to script. This marks the first time since Swingers in 1996 that both Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn have starred together. And considering Billingsley, who is also very good friends with Vaughn, is set to direct, this is probably going to be as classic of a comedy as we're all hoping. We know who the four guys are in this, now I just want to know who will be playing their female counterparts?!