Paul Rudd Circling Two Different Murderous Dark Comedies
by Ethan Anderton
April 21, 2010
You can always expect Paul Rudd to amp up the laughs in any comedy, and it looks like a couple of flicks just might benefit from his presence as Production Weekly says that Rudd is circling roles in two different comedies. The first is Better Living Through Chemistry, the directorial debut of writing team David Posamentier and Geoff Moore, which Vulture says is about a pharmacist stuck in a hopeless marriage, who finds new passion for life in an affair with a trophy wife who introduces him to prescription drugs. When they begin to plot her husband's murder, things begin to crumble. More details on the second film below.
The other project Rudd has his eyes on is Horrible Bosses, a script from writer Mike Markowitz which made The Black List awhile back, but has found new life thanks to involvement from director Seth Gordon (The King of Kong, Four Christmases). The project sounds a little similar to Office Space, but with a chance of murder rather than sneaky thievery. Last we heard actor-turned-writer John Francis Daley ("Freaks and Geeks"), who has more than a couple comedies in development, was working on a re-write, so any casting is good progress for a script that has been gestating for years. Both of these projects sounds like they could be fun, but I would rather Rudd takes on one or the other since both seem to have a somewhat darker tone involving murder. Of course, Rudd joining any comedy is great news, so we'll let you know. Thoughts?