Hot Tub Time Machine's Steve Pink To Direct And Co-Write Action Comedy Shore Leave

Steve Pink first made the jump from writer to director in 2006 when he made the Justin Long comedy Accepted and he hasn't looked back since. While his career writing features includes two of my favorite John Cusack movies - High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank - he hasn't actually written once since he started helming titles like Hot Tub Time Machine and the upcoming About Last Night remake. Finally, however, he's ready to pick up the pen once again - and he's doing it while directing as well.

According to Deadline, Pink has signed a deal with DreamWorks to make a new "male-driven action comedy" Shore Leave, which he will both helm and c0-script with writer Jeff Morris. The studio is apparently working to keep plot details to a minimum, but one can assume from the title that it involves sailors who come back to land so that they can live it up before shipping back out to sea. The studio reportedly sees franchise material in the pitch - and given the success of the Hangover series it's not hard to see why they might feel that way.

Where the project will fit into Pink's workload, however, is a bit of a mystery. In addition to About Last Night, which will be out on Valentines Day next year, he is also attached to a comedy called Contractors and has been mentioned in rumors about a possible Hot Tub Time Machine 2. How the order could end up being worked out is unknown at this point. He will also be directing the pilot of the new Greg Daniels sitcom starring Craig Robinson.

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