Peyton Reed May Helm 'Ricky Stanicky' Starring James Franco
by Ethan Anderton
August 9, 2010
Not too long ago we got word of an all new comedy starring James Franco called Ricky Stanicky and now Pajiba says that Peyton Reed (Yes Man) is looking to direct. In the movie, three teens pull a prank up that ends up burning down a house in their neighborhood. To avoid any consequences, they create a fake person to take the blame but 20 years later, the same trio is still using their imaginary scapegoat to get out of other uncomfortable situations in life. What happens when their wives force them to finally setup a meeting with Stanicky? They hire actor (James Franco, not playing himself) to step into the infamous fake friend's shoes.
Reed has had moderate success with The Break-Up and many people have come to love Bring It On (yes, the cheerleading movie with Kirsten Dunst) as a sort of cult classic (The New Beverly in Los Angeles even had a special 10th Anniversary screening not too long ago). However, Yes Man was just a piss poor variation on Liar, Liar which was a bad move for both Reed and Jim Carrey. This could turn out to be pretty funny since I'm sure one of the many problems that arises for Franco's character is that he's suddenly arrested, accosted, and facing persecution/prosecution for all of the things which his employers have blamed Ricky Stanicky. If it sucks then Reed can always blame Ricky Stanicky, too… Right? Let's just hope for the best. Thoughts?