Last month during the junket for Cop Out, Seann William Scott mentioned that he had been working on a short comedy film along with Johnny Knoxville and Gerard Butler that would be part of a larger omnibus project. It sounded strange and intriguing but he didn't have too many details for us, so I assumed it was something tiny that we'd only hear about much later.
But now the main details have emerged, and it's even more fascinating than I imagined. In a press release Relativity Media officially announced the project, currently called Untitled Comedy and made up of a series of short sketch comedies directed by the likes of Peter Farrelly, Brett Ratner, Elizabeth Banks (!), Bob Odenkirk and Griffin Dunne, with more directors to be announced. Alongside Scott, Butler and Knoxville are actors like Kieran Culkin, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Patrick Warburton, Chloe Moretz, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, and yes, Elizabeth Banks.
If none of that sells you, here's how producer Charles Wessler describes the film: "We all sat down and came up with what we think is a hilarious through-line for the movie. Given the amount of pot I had smoked, at least I think it is hilarious.”
There are no details on included on what any of the sketches will be about, or exactly how good a director Elizabeth Banks is, but still, I'm beyond intrigued. Check out the official release below for the full cast list, and keep an eye out as we learn more about this totally bizarre and potentially amazing project.
Relativity Media, LLC (RML) announced today it has begun production on the UNTITLED COMEDY project. In January, Relativity Media came aboard to co-finance and co-produce the project, and will arrange distribution through one of their studio partners. Production will continue thru late May.
Peter Farrelly, Charles Wessler, GreeneStreet Films’ John Penotti and Relativity Media’s Ryan Kavanaugh are producing the project. Executive producers are Tim Williams of GreeneStreet Films and Tucker Tooley of Relativity Media. Co-producers are Tom Gormican and Marc Ambrose. Rocky Russo and Jeremy Sosenko also serve as associate producers. Witness Protection Films also serves as a production company partner.
Originally set up at Overture Films, the project kicked into high gear after the producers met with Relativity Media last December. The brainstorming session lead to a revamp of the central premise of the film. The new team created the template for a unifying storyline for a series of sketch comedies in the vein of the 1970s hits Kentucky Fried Movie and Groove Tube.
"Relativity has been the perfect partner through the extraordinarily complicated process of putting this movie together. We are thrilled to be underway,” commented Farrelly.
The filmmakers who have already completed their work are Peter Farrelly, Brett Ratner, Elizabeth Banks, Bob Odenkirk, and Griffin Dunne. Additional directors will be announced shortly.
The growing cast includes, Elizabeth Banks, Gerard Butler, Kieran Culkin, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Moretz, Liev Schreiber, Sean William Scott, Tony Shalhoub, Emma Stone, Matt Walsh, Patrick Warburton, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet. The producers will announce additional cast members as further deals are solidified.
“We all sat down and came up with what we think is a hilarious through-line for the movie,” said Wessler. “Given the amount of pot I had smoked, at least I think it is hilarious.”
Penotti added, “This has been one of the most fun and challenging projects we have ever undertaken. We are completely blown away by the caliber of talent that this project has attracted. It is a testament to the quality of Charlie and Pete’s original concept.”
Farrelly and Wessler are long time collaborators, working on many of the classic Farrelly Brothers comedies including There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber and Shallow Hal.