The Hangover Meets Grumpy Old Men with Jack Nicholson?
After the wild success of last year's comedy hit The Hangover, you can bet the spec script market and pitch room is being crowded with descriptions like, "It's like The Hangover meets [insert any other movie here]." But in this case, this might actually be a comedy worth enduring as Vulture reports an offer is out to Jack Nicholson to star in a comedy called LASt VEGAS, which is simply described as The Hangover meets Grumpy Old Men as the story follows four estranged male childhood friends from the fifties who reunite in Vegas to finally marry off Billy, the lifelong unmarried playboy of the group, and that's the Nicholson role.
Apparently the conflict in the story comes when both Billy the bachelor and Paddy, who is the widower of the group, begin vying for the affections of the same lounge singer. It's a shame that both Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau have passed, because this movie has their names all over it, but Nicholson could be good instead. However, the comedy certainly seems a bit harsh as you can see from this script excerpt below:
These eyes have a spark in them. They belong to BILLY GERSON (70's), every bit the mischievous imp he was as a young boy, a stark contrast to the others.
CHYRON: MALIBU, CA.
Billy speaks into a MIC, roasting someone, mid-story …
… and you remember what I said, Ronnie? I said: “Ronnie, I know you’re down in the dumps. But as a fellow bachelor, let me assure you - you’ll bounce back. Because you may not be very smart, and you may not be very rich, but Pal: you sure are fucking ugly.”
LAUGHTER. We PAN to RONNIE who sits in …
A COFFIN. Dead. Oh, Billy is giving a eulogy.
Now that's what I call comedy. And seeing a group of older distinguished actors taking on a comedy of this nature is just what the doctor ordered. A new trend of geezers acting like the raunchy young characters of films like The Hangover may be on the horizon as in addition to the development on LASt VEGAS, another comedy that has been described as Superbad meets Grumpy Old Men is on the way. That comedy is called Winter's Discontent, but don't let that rather dramatic title fool you, because this '08 Black Listed comedy follows a faithful but sexually frustrated widower as he moves into a retirement community to start living the swinging single life. Both sound great and I can't wait to see the cast assembled to bring the laughs.