'The Sitter' Writers Land Clive Owen for 'King of the Castle' Comedy
When one thinks of comedy, Clive Owen is not a name that's come to mind. The closest he's come to bringing laughs is Shoot 'Em Up and Duplicity, and they were lukewarm with the funny at best. But now he's diving into the genre head first as The LA Times reports Owen is teaming up with The Sitter screenwriters Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka for a comedy called The King of the Castle, which will also mark the duo's directorial debut. In the film, Owen plays a philanderer who finds himself in a sticky situation as he gets blackmailed by a teenager (though we don't know for what reason). More below!
If anything, this will be a nice change of pace for Owen. To be completely honest, I've never been impressed with him as an actor other than his turns in Children of Men and Inside Man. But I felt the same way about Channing Tatum until he started doing comedies, so I'm hoping Owen has some tricks up his sleeve. Working with the guys who wrote The Sitter - which is essentially a somewhat cheap and sloppy, raunchy remake of Adventures in Babysitting but still moderately funny comedy - should be a good opportunity. After all, it sounds better than that Baywatch movie that Gatewood and Tanaka also wrote.