Jonah Hill to Make Directorial Debut with 'The Kitchen Sink' Project
Over at Sony a big screen adaptation of the TV series 21 Jump Street is moving forward with a script from Jonah Hill who is also set to star in the film with Channing Tatum and Ice Cube. Now Hill is ready to put on another hat as Deadline reports the Superbad star is set to make his directorial debut with The Kitchen Sink. The film has nothing to do with the kitchen item though as its merely a reference to the fact that the story follows unlikely alliance between a high school-aged vampire, zombie and human as they try to save their town from invading aliens. Basically the coming-of-age tale has everything but the kitchen sink. Get it?
The script from Oren Uziel appeared on the 2010 Black List and Matt Tolmach picked up the script as one of his first projects after leaving his executive role at Sony to become a producer again. Here's what Tolmach had to say about the project:
"I love high school movies, and sparked to the authenticity of these characters. It's more in the spirit of 'The Breakfast Club' than anything, but you get an idea of the title in an early scene where two kids are running from zombies. Those zombies suddenly are attacked by vampires. Just when they are all facing off, there's a bright light overhead. You realize the aliens have landed and these groups have to band together, suppress the urge to kill each other, and it becomes thematically the enemy of my enemy is my friend. That makes it different than your usual zombie, vampire, or alien movie."
Much like James Franco, it looks like Jonah Hill is anxious to get his hands in all aspects of the film industry. The next couple years are going to be integral to see how his career blossoms as a writer and director. As for The Kitchen Sink, it sounds like a hell of a lot of fun and could have the same style and comedic execution as something like Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz. That's a big target to aim for, but I have confidence in Hill's comedic abilities. What do you think?