Summit Picks Up 'International Incident' Comedy Starring Ken Jeong
by Ethan Anderton
June 19, 2014
Following success with their summer heist comedy Now You See Me (and a sequel with Jon M. Chu maybe directing), Summit Entertainment is betting on another somewhat high concept comedy. The production company behind The Twilight Saga has just picked up a pitch called International Incident from David Javerbaum, the head writer on Stewart's "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central. In addition, THR reports "Community" and The Hangover franchise star Ken Jeong is already attached to star, and "The Office" star Steve Carell is currently in talks to produce through his Carousel Productions banner. More below.
As of now it doesn't sound like Carell will get in front of the camera, and the film is actually a starring vehicle for Ken Jeong, who plays one of five delegates from the United Nations who embark on a road trip to find one of their lost loves. Sounds like a rather unique angle for a comedy, and there's plenty of opportunity for the kind of satire "The Daily Show" delivers on headlines, both international and domestic, nearly every single week. However, envisioning Jeong in the lead for a full feature film sounds like it could get old. Even his supporting character Mr. Chow got old in small doses. But if he's restrained and not completely off the walls crazy, this might work as a decent comedy. Anyone interested?
I will be very interested to see if Cheong can carry a film by himself.
DAVIDPD on Jun 23, 2014
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