Back in 2010 a very cool little animated short by French filmmaker Patrick Jean titled Pixels took the ‘net by storm. In it, a variety of classic arcade games invade New York City.
Not long after that came word that Adam Sandler‘s Happy Madison had acquired the rights to develop a feature-length adaptation of the short, and that Tim Herlihywould be writing the screenplay.
Now comes word that Sandler himself will star in the movie, and it looks like he’ll be joined by at least one old friend as Grown Ups co-star Kevin James and Josh Gad (Frozen) have entered into negotiations to star as well.
The long-in-development movie adaptation of Naughty Dog’s hit video game series Uncharted is moving forward again. After an unsuccessful run with American Hustle director David O. Russell attached to direct—which famously went south quickly with fans after reports of Mark Wahlberg starring in the lead Nathan Drake role and Russell wanting to add Drake’s father and uncle for a family element surfaced online—and also the hiring of The Illusionist director Neil Burger to try his hand at making the movie ultimately not working out, a new director has been brought in.
It’s being reported that Seth Gordon, the director behind comedies like Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief, has entered into negotiations for the job.
Those three disgruntled employees who were unhappy with the working relationship they had with their bosses are set to return one more time. Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, and Jason Bateman are reportedly coming back to reprise their roles for Horrible Bosses 2. THR was the first to report on the news, and add that Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Jamie Foxx could return for cameos. Director Seth Gordon is also set to return as director.
If you haven’t seen the first Horrible Bosses film, it’s best that you not read ahead as spoilers will follow. Just know that almost everybody will return. But if you have seen it, read on.
Identity Thief Directed by Seth Gordon
Written by Craig Mazin
Starring: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Eric Stonestreet, Jon Favreau Universal Pictures
Rated R | 111 Minutes
Release Date: February 8, 2013
Directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), Identity Thief stars Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) as Sandy Bigelow Patterson, a mild-mannered accountant who goes on a cross-country quest to reclaim his stolen identity.
After the police refuse to help, Patterson realizes that his only choice is to travel to Winter Park, Florida, catch the imposter (Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids), and bring her back to Denver to clear his name.
This deceptively harmless-looking fraudster isn’t going without a fight, though, having grown accustomed to living a life of luxury and swindling her way out of every jam. Getting her back to Denver will be a struggle, especially when a bounty hunter (Robert Patrick) and some ruthless mob enforcers (T.I., Genesis Rodriguez) get involved.
After turning in a scene-stealing performance in Bridesmaids last year, Melissa McCarthy signed on for Seth Gordon‘s Identity Thief. McCarthy stars opposite Jason Bateman in a comedy about a nitwit who steals the identity of an uptight businessman. Now we got the first trailer for the film, which you can check out here below.
Identity Thief arrives in theaters on February 8, 2013, but it’s a bit strange to see a comedy with so much potential being released during a time when the box office isn’t exactly booming. But Identity Thief could be a sleeper hit that no one sees coming. McCarthy has already established herself as a solid comedian, and Bateman never fails to make us laugh. The film also stars Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Genesis Rodriguez, John Cho, Robert Patrick, and Eric Stonestreet.