Patton Oswalt And Johnny Knoxville Will Compete For Their Father's Love In Indie Comedy

By Katey Rich 2011-08-22 13:18:32discussion comments
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Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt seem to come from completely separate comedy universes-- Knoxville the Jackass mastermind of gross-out comedy and star of duds like The Ringer and The Dukes of Hazzard, Oswalt the stand-up genius who's acted for Pixar and Steven Soderbergh. And yet, somehow, the two will be brought together by Todd Rohal, the indie director behind the mild Sundance hit The Catechism Cataclysm. No, I can't really figure out how this happened either. The untitled comedy is already in production this week, with Big Beach-- the independent financiers responsible for this week's Our Idiot Brother-- backing things, and none other than David Gordon Green executive producing.

The David Gordon Green connection seems significant, since he also started out as a Sundance success story when his All The Real Girls won a Special Jury Prize there. Rohal's Catechism Cataclysm is only his second feature, and hasn't gotten quite the same recognition that Green's real Girls did, but he's already moving on to the second half of the David Gordon Green career formula, which is making comedies with very famous comedy stars (it could be his Pineapple Express, so to speak). Then again, the upcoming comedy might be a little more subtle than, say, Your Highness-- it's a story about two brothers taking a group of boys on a camping trip that goes horribly wrong, yes, but it's also described as "outlandish yet poignant," which suggests it might be more than just Step Brothers meets Bushwhacked.

Rounding out the cast are Rob Riggle, Maura Tierney and Patrice O'Neal, none of whom appear to be playing the ailing father who Knoxville and Oswalt are trying to impress. Just because this is a broader comedy doesn't mean we can't expect to see it on the festival circuit-- Our Idiot Brother, which Big Beach produced and then sold to the Weinsteins, is a perfectly mainstream comedy that happened to have a Sundance berth. Not even a year after Jackass 3D, Johnny Knoxville is managing to go all indie on us.
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