Johnny Knoxville Goes Ferris Bueller for Universal Comedy 'Sick Day'
Following surprise casting as the voice of Leonardo in the reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from producer Michael Bay (watch the teaser trailer), Johnny Knoxville is ready to get back into the comedy game again. Deadline reports the Jackass star is attached to lead Sick Day, a new comedy at Universal Pictures with The Break-Up writer Jeremy Garelick set to direct, following his latest comedy The Wedding Ringer with Kevin Hart and Josh Gad. Similar to Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the film follows three friends who uphold a tradition of calling in sick one day a year to fulfill fantasies while not getting caught.
Knoxville's attempts at narrative comedy haven't fared very well with films like The Ringer, The Dukes of Hazzard, Daltry Calhoun and Life Without Dick in his past. Walking Tall has probably been his best big screen work outside of the Jackass franchise and the recent spin-off Bad Granpda, but that's about it. The original script comes from Garelick, so let's hope he's coming up with something that Knoxville can shine in. The other two roles still need to be filled anyway, so maybe they'll keep Knoxville on his toes. At the very least, we're just glad this isn't a straight-up remake of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Thoughts?