Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who co-wrote 2011’s breakout black comedy Horrible Bosses, are teaming up again to produce All Day and a Night, a prison-set action-comedy scribed by Paul Ruehl and the late Lester Lewis from an idea by Goldstein and Daley.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, All Day and a Night (which is prison slang for a life sentence without possibility of parole) will follow “a TV news crew that heads to prison to chronicle the life of two guards. But when a violent prison riot breaks out, the crew becomes stranded inside with the guards.” No cast has yet been set for the comedy, but Relativity Studios is attached to produce, finance and distribute.
Ruehl was a writer and co-producer for MTV’s raunchy high school comedy series The Hard Times of RJ Berger, while Lewis, who died in March of last year, worked as a consulting producer and writer on NBC’s popular mockumentary series The Office and as a writer and co-executive producer on the ABC Family comedy series Baby Daddy.
Next up for Goldstein and Daley is directing Vacation, a reboot of the Chevy Chase film which is set to star Ed Helms. The pair also co-wrote that project. Though they did not pen the screenplay for this winter’s Horrible Bosses 2, Goldstein and Daley did come up with the story for the sequel.
We’ve seen many action films involving prison riots, from the 1969 Gene Hackman/Jim Brown pic Riot up through last year’s Lockout, but it’s hard to think of any that played the situation for comedy – though Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel did feature a pretty hilarious prison escape.
Tell us, what do you think about All Day and a Night based on that early description? And who would you rather see with regard to the prison guards – intimidating badasses (perhaps to be played by Liam Neeson and Karl Urban) or out-of-their-league goofballs (of the Danny McBride and Charlie Day variety)? Offer up your picks below!