Larry Charles to Write, May Direct, 'The Man Who Sued God' Comedy
Since he's no longer at the helm of A Walk in the Woods, director Larry Charles (Borat, The Dictator) is on the hunt for a new project, and it seems he's found one. Deadline has word that New Films International has hired Charles, who was also behind "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Seinfeld," to write The Man Who Sued God, based on a 2001 Australian cult favorite of the same name. Charles also has expressed interest in directing the film where he'll put his own spin on the story about an ex-lawyer who files a claim against God himself after his insurance company dismisses the destruction of his boat as an “act of God.” Read on!
Here's the trailer for the original Australian comedy from 2001:
As you can see, Billy Connolly starred in the original film, and it opened at #1 at the box office down under. There was already a Bollywood remake, so it seems ripe for adapting in different countries to match their dominating religious traits. Charles has already dabbled with religion before with Bill Maher's documentary Religulous, however this will have to be a little less divisive if it's truly going to pull in an audience. Comedies with religion at the center have had mixed results, with Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty being two examples with much different results. This one probably won't be anything like those two though. But we're still wondering what's going on with that Sam Kinison biopic Charles was supposed to direct.