As a very amusing press release revealed today, Seth Rogen, Ben Schwartz and Adam McKay have joined forces for an as-yet untitled comedy feature. Pitched by actor-writer-funnyman Schwartz, who is set to co-star, the idea was picked up by Gary Sanchez Productions, Point Grey Pictures and Good Universe. Rogen is inked in to star, and Anchorman’s Adam McKay will be taking up megaphone duties from the director’s chair.
As yet, there’s no details released on what the movie will actually be about. To be honest, with these three involved, are we even fussed with a plot synopsis at this point? No! They could be assimilating a three-hour long supercut of all their career highlights with a voiceover by a rolling Morgan Freeman and we’d dig it. Seems that those involved are excited, kickstarting the funny in the press release.
Rogen had this to say:
“Every two thousand years the planets of our galaxy align in a perfect line that funnels the cosmic energies of the universe to flow into one perfect comedic collaboration. The time is now. This is that project. Nothing will ever be the same.”
And McKay offered this:
“Evan and Seth have been doing amazing things and we’re so excited to work with them. Ben, not so much. Most of my problems with him are personal ones, but I have to give it up…he did come up with a great idea.”
Of the chucklesome trio, Schwartz is the least well-known… for now. While he’s not a household name like Rogen, his stint as Jean Ralphio on Parks And Recreation is a scene-stealing turn. So, we’re definitely looking forward to this flick – decent comedy appears to be enduring a lengthy dry spell. Let’s hope this upcoming effort will end it.
LOS ANGELES, CA (September 18, 2014) – Gary Sanchez Productions, Point Grey Pictures and Good Universe announced today that they have pre-emptively purchased an untitled comedy pitch from actor and Emmy® Award-winning writer Ben Schwartz which Adam McKay is attached to direct and Seth Rogen is attached to star in. Schwartz will also co-star in the film.
Point Grey principals Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce alongside Gary Sanchez’s Will Ferrell, McKay and Kevin Messick. Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will executive produce with Erin Westerman overseeing for the company. Robyn Wholey will Co-Produce.
“Evan and Seth have been doing amazing things and we’re so excited to work with them. Ben, not so much. Most of my problems with him are personal ones, but I have to give it up…he did come up with a great idea,” said McKay.
“Every two thousand years the planets of our galaxy align in a perfect line that funnels the cosmic energies of the universe to flow into one perfect comedic collaboration. The time is now. This is that project. Nothing will ever be the same,” said Rogen with Goldberg adding, “McKay and Schwartz are reeeeeeal smart, well-endowed guys and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with them.”
The multi-hyphenate Schwartz won the 2009 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special. Schwartz has sold pitches No Heart’s Club and Would You Ratherto Universal with Imagine Entertainment producing. Hired by Paramount to re-boot the comedy Soapdish, Schwartz’s script El Fuego Caliente was included on the prestigious 2011 Blacklist. Schwartz will next be seen in Warner Bros’ This is Where I Leave You and recently wrapped production on Robert Zemeckis’ next film The Walk for TriStar. He is also returning for NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” and Showtime’s “House of Lies.”
Schwartz is represented by WME, Lev Ginsburg at Ginsburg Daniels and Haven Entertainment. Adam McKay is represented by WME, Mosaic and Level Four Business Management. Gary Sanchez is represented by WME, CAA and Jackoway Tyerman. Seth Rogen and Point Grey are represented by UTA and attorney Fred Toczek. Dan Freedman negotiated on behalf of Good Universe.