Pete Segal Taking Over for Jay Roach on Little Fockers
by Alex Billington
March 20, 2009
It looks like director Pete Segal will not be jumping onto Get Smart 2 this year was originally expected. Due to Steve Carell's choice to shoot the comedy Date Night for Fox instead of Get Smart 2, Segal was able to hop onto Little Fockers, the third film in Universal's comedy franchise comprise of Meet the Parents (2000) and Meet the Fockers (2004). Those two films were the work of director Jay Roach, who is being replaced by Segal this time around. As you might have already guessed, Little Fockers is about a baby arriving in the Focker and the Byrnes families, who were both first introduced in those past two films.
According to Variety, Little Fockers is being written by John Hamburg, who also wrote Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers, and is making his directorial debut this weekend with I Love You, Man. I really like Pete Segal, he's a good guy, and a good director, but I'm just not sure about this franchise anymore. I think it's a bad sign that it has taken so long for Universal to get this third one made. And now they're replacing Roach with Segal. It could be a good choice in the end, as I was never a fan of this series and Segal could change things up, but I doubt it'll improve. I'm sure we can expect all of the actors to reprise their roles.