Ed Helms Has Been Pitching a Civil War Time Travel Comedy?!
Awesome! Ed Helms, who starred in The Hangover as Stu Price, is a beloved comedic actor probably best known for being a correspondent on "The Daily Show" and appearing as Andy Bernard in "The Office". He's on the verge of becoming a very mainstream actor and I think The Hangover may be what he needed. But speaking of Ed Helms, the actor told the A.V. Club (via The Playlist) in an interview recently about an idea he's been pitching through Steve Carell's company Carousel Productions. "It's sort of a big, Back to the Future kind of comedy about Civil War reenactors who are sent back to the actual Civil War." Hell yes!
Helms says he pitched the movie to Warner Brothers recently but didn't say if it got picked up. However, what he adds next makes me think that they did pick it up. "That's basically the rest of my summer, I'm going to be writing that with my writing partner. And it's such a fun project. I'm really excited about it. Steve is behind it, which is really fun." It does sound really fun and I love that concept - it's a perfect pitch. Maybe with Hot Tub Time Machine gaining so much early buzz, WB thought it was the right time to explore time travel comedies? Then again, their last time travel movie (Terminator Salvation) didn't do so well.
Whatever the case, this is something I'm already looking forward to, even though it seems like its a ways out. Ed Helms is a hilarious guy and that pitch really is awesome. I've been looking forward to the day when more insane time travel movies similar to Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure would be making their triumphant return. With Hot Tub Time Machine and this, it sounds like they might be on their way back!