Jim Carrey Taking Over 'Ricky Stanicky' Comedy from James Franco
It's been a couple years since we heard about a comedy called Ricky Stanicky that had James Franco attached to star and Yes Man director Peyton Reed circling. But all that has gone out the window as THR has learned that Jim Carrey has signed on to lead the Summit film, and his Bruce Almighty writer and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls director Steve Oedekerk is at the helm. The story follows three teens who pull a prank and end up burning down a house in their neighborhood. In order to escape the consequences, they create a fake person to take the blame, Ricky Stanicky, and they're sticking to their story 20 years later.
In fact, they've used Ricky Stanicky to get out of a whole slew of other uncomfortable situations, and now their girlfriends and wives want to meet this master of disaster. That's when they hire an out-of-work actor to play the part. Carrey is taking the Stanicky role, so he's not exactly the lead, but he'll certainly be an integral part of the film. The strength of the ensemble cast will help immensely, especially if it's comparable to something like The Hangover or Horrible Bosses. However, I'm skeptical of Oedekerk since he directed the lesser of the Ace Ventura movies and the clever, but childish, Kung Pow: Enter the Fist. Maybe he'll go a little darker with some R-rated comedy this time? Stay tuned.