Mitch Hurwitz to Direct 'The Boss of It All' Based on Foreign Comedy

February 22, 2011

Mitch Hurwitz

While fans are waiting for an "Arrested Development" film to manifest itself, series creator Mitch Hurwitz will likely make his feature directorial debut with a different comedy. The Wrap reports Hurwitz is working with Imagine Entertainment to develop The Boss of It All, a remake of the Norwegian comedy Direktoren For Det Hele. Directed by Lars von Trier, the original story follows the owner of a small IT company who pretends there's another boss above him in order to more easily break bad news to his employees. However, the plan runs into problems when he sells the company and the new owner wants to meet the made-up boss.

In order to get around this problem, the company owner decides to hire a failed actor to play the boss and hilarity ensues. Apparently the project has been in development for over a year, but the producers are still waiting to get a script online together. I guess it's not clear if this film could actually get off the ground before an "Arrested Development" feature, but with all the rumblings and rumors circling the TV-to-film adaptation, I'm not sure anyone knows. Emma Forrest is attached to write the screenplay, so it will probably be awhile before we hear anymore development news on this project. Still, here's hoping at least some of the cast of "Arrested Development" shows up in this new comedy. Interested?

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  • Direktoren For Det Hele is a Danish film, not Norwegian. Lars von Trier is also a Danish director so shouldn't this be obvious? As a Norwegian I am slightly offended.
    • Patrik Merovuo
      How can you be offended? When was the last time Norway did a good movie ? 😉
      • Well, let me ask you a question. When was the last time you saw a Norwegian film?
        • Anonymous
          when there is so many bad things happening in the world - WHY would this offend you? you must have a VERY thin skin or lead an extremely sheltered life.
        • Patrik Merovuo
          Must have been Elling back in the days. Norway is most certainly the little brother when it comes to Scandinavian cinema.
  • Jamie
    The original movie is one of von Trier's weaker films. But if Hurwitz is behind this project I will be seeing it.
  • David Banner
    "Norwegian comedy" ? How'd that idea pop into your mind? It's 100% Danish, not a single norwegian had a thing to do with that film. :)
  • The source said it was a Norwegian comedy, so it's not like we just decided to assign a random country to the film or anything like that.
  • Anonymous
    i like the sound of the story.
  • Jamie
    So you guys don't correct your mistakes?




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