Lionsgate Ready for an 'Epic Fail' from the Special Forces with Ed Helms
Since the reboot of National Lampoon's Vacation is still dead in the water, and we haven't heard anything about a remake of The Naked Gun, we've been waiting to see what else Ed Helms will be doing besides lending his voice to Captain Underpants. Now Deadline has word that Helms is attached to star in an action comedy called Epic Fail set up at Lionsgate. In a story that sounds like Tropic Thunder without the show business angle, the film would follow an elite but unorthodox Special Forces team taking their dysfunction and excessive firepower on a desperate mission to save America, led by a real tough guy called The Walrus.
Described as mustachioed and more badass than a Navy SEAL, it's not clear why he's such a revered member of the Special Forces, or if that's the character that Helms would play, but it sounds like there's the potential for some unique comedy here. Very rarely do comedies head into the armed forces for a story, with Stripes, Hot Shots, In the Army Now and Tropic Thunder being some of the more prominent comedies in that arena. The studio is developing the film from producer Nicky Weinstock and Helms himself, who co-developed the original idea and will produce through his Pacific Electric Picture Company, from a script by newcomers Mike Arnold and Chris Poole. We need more details to get excited, but this could be fun.