Zach Galifianakis & Russell Brand Land Two Unique Comedies
Comedy is an ever-changing animal, and thus, so are the faces of those who bring laughs into our lives. Two of the most popular recent additions to comedy in the past five years have each landed a new project to add to their future slate. Deadline has the scoop on both stories. The first sees Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) signing for an action comedy at 20th Century Fox called Hawkwood. The second has the recently very popular Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) attached to a new spec script sale for a comedy called Reply All, which was purchased by DreamWorks. Details on both projects below!
Fox's Hawkwood comes from writer Jared Stern and is inspired by the real-life adventures of swashbuckling figure John Hawkwood, a morally challenged but gifted swordsman paid to lead European armies during the Renaissance wars. Apparently Brand simply had to mention his interest to chief Peter Chernin and Fox's head of comedy Nicky Weinstock and the deal was done. Stern is also familiar with Brand as he's responsible for the re-writes of the Arthur remake. Period comedies are few and far between recently, so I'm surprised this hasn't been updated to a more contemporary setting, but for my money Brand can still do no wrong.
Meanwhile, over at DreamWorks, this new Galifianakis comedy vehicle Reply All will tell the story of a guy who hits the "reply all" button to an indiscreet e-mail, and then has to deal with the repercussions. Sounds simple enough, but we'll have to wait for Phil Johnston to finish the script before we hear anymore details about it. No director has been attached yet either, so in the meantime, we'll just have to enjoy Galifianakis later this year with It's Kind of a Funny Story and Due Date with Robert Downey Jr. Overexposure is still a looming threat for the comedian though, so I hope he and his agent/manager are choosing new roles wisely.
Stay tuned for developments on these upcoming comedies. Anyone like the sound of either project?