Bill Hader Spills More Details on That Judd Apatow Slasher Comedy
It seems like this is quite the headline-making month for "Saturday Night Live" star Bill Hader. Though the comedian may not be reaching James Franco levels of exposure, plenty of new projects and new details about gestating films have come to light with his involvement. Today is no different as The Playlist has learned Hader is working on some sort of secret project with producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network, True Grit). All Hader would say was, "It's a lot of fun, but I don't know if I should talk about what it is." Thankfully, Hader had some real info about the gestating slasher comedy with Judd Apatow instead.
The project, which came to be known as House of Joel, was first revealed in January of 2009 when Hader gave only these details, "It is definitely about guys nowadays, that idea that you watch fucked up shit on TV… You watch fucked up reality shows, I love true crime shows. The idea of that thing coming to your house, and what do you do? I would shit my pants. That's basically what the movie is about. What if that guy decided to come to your house? What would you and your dipshit friends do about it?"
Now the film may have a different name as Hader says, "Well, I’m not sure it’s called House of Joel anymore. I don’t know what’s happening with it exactly. Judd, me, and [”Human Giant” director] Jason Woliner are gonna meet in L.A. soon to figure out what the next steps are. It’s a funny, funny script and it’s Judd’s take on a slasher movie. It’s been a long gestating project, but i think it’s worth it because it just keeps getting better.” So what makes this slasher
“I play a guy who finds out that his girlfriend was basically a Laurie Strode-type [Jamie Lee Curtis’ character] from ‘Halloween.’ She’s been hiding the fact that 15 years ago she survived this horrible night and the way I find this out is that I inadvertently take her back to her home town as a surprise and reawaken all the evil. It’s kind of about getting over your girlfriend’s past kinda thing. It’s sort of like having to deal with, ‘You did what!?’”
That sounds simultaneous hilarious and loyal to the horror genre. It'll be interesting to see how a director like Apatow tackles such a different genre. Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) and more recently Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) have really given him something to shoot for in the combination of horror and comedy. But as a huge fan of Hader and Apatow, my anticipation for this project couldn't be higher. I really hope this ends up getting off the ground sooner or later. As for Hader's secret project with Scott Rudin, well count me interested and looking forward to more information. Thoughts?