Pete Segal Taking Over for Jay Roach on Little Fockers
by Alex Billington
March 20, 2009
It looks like director Pete Segal will not be jumping onto Get Smart 2 this year was originally expected. Due to Steve Carell's choice to shoot the comedy Date Night for Fox instead of Get Smart 2, Segal was able to hop onto Little Fockers, the third film in Universal's comedy franchise comprise of Meet the Parents (2000) and Meet the Fockers (2004). Those two films were the work of director Jay Roach, who is being replaced by Segal this time around. As you might have already guessed, Little Fockers is about a baby arriving in the Focker and the Byrnes families, who were both first introduced in those past two films.
According to Variety, Little Fockers is being written by John Hamburg, who also wrote Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers, and is making his directorial debut this weekend with I Love You, Man. I really like Pete Segal, he's a good guy, and a good director, but I'm just not sure about this franchise anymore. I think it's a bad sign that it has taken so long for Universal to get this third one made. And now they're replacing Roach with Segal. It could be a good choice in the end, as I was never a fan of this series and Segal could change things up, but I doubt it'll improve. I'm sure we can expect all of the actors to reprise their roles.
Reader Feedback - 10 Comments
Well meet the parents was great and meet the fockers was ok but a movie about there kids is just dumb
Tom W on Mar 20, 2009
Meet the Fockers I think is the biggest grossing box office comedy of all time I think. I think both were hilarious, but a third? I think they might have waited a little too long.
Ryan on Mar 20, 2009
NO!NO!NO!!!!! Would love to give it a chance as long as the inept, un-funny and terrible .....TERRIBLE "actor" Ben Siller is not in it.!
Tim "Cloverfield" on Mar 20, 2009
I really enjoyed the first two films in the franchise and would welcome a third. I think crazy slapstick Stiller is a terrible actor, but the realist vulnerable/normal Stiller can carry a role quite well. Plus the dynamic between Hoffman and Deniro is great and definitely an unexpected comedic duo that I'll continue to enjoy while it lasts.
peloquin on Mar 20, 2009
john hamburg's directorial debut isn't i love you, man... he directed along came polly (ANOTHER BEN STILLER COMEDY) from years ago.
carlos on Mar 20, 2009
How is it too long...? People say that if things come out too quickly it's milking it too death, and now it's too long? How can it be too long other than "Oh finally it's been too long!"
Caesius on Mar 20, 2009
A third "Focker" movie would be geat if they can get theoriginal cast back. it's well worth to see these classic actors Dustin Hoffman, Barbara Striesand and Robert Deniro in slapschtick and intelligent(sp) comedy roles.
Salber on Cinema on Mar 21, 2009
I loved the first two, but it has now been five years since we last saw the fockers, and Jay Roach won't be directing. Sure Pete Segal has done a couple of good comedies (Tommy Boy/Anger Management). But Roach is the man when it comes to these's films. I think that they should just let it be.
Jamie on Mar 21, 2009
Liked the 1st movie the second one was lame, the third one might look a total disaster.
Fisherr on Mar 21, 2009
just to make a trilogy.....sad
Conrad on Mar 23, 2009
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