High school reunions have been the subject of movie comedies multiple times before (not to mention countless sitcoms), but for the most part they all tell the same sort of story where the protagonist returns home and must prove to their classmates that they’ve actually done something with their lives. It’s a rather tired set up by this point, but with 20 Year Itch Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel plan to shake it up a bit.
According to Variety, the two filmmakers best known for scripting the 2008 Jim Carrey comedy Yes Man and co-creating the short-lived Fox animated show Allen Gregory with Jonah Hill, are now set to make their directorial debut with the new comedy, which is now set up with Scott Pictures and Danny McBride and Jody Hill’s Rough House production company. The script, which the duo also wrote, follows the head of a high school reunion committee as he works tirelessly to try and get the most popular guy in school – now an actor - to return home for the event. Eventually the situation gets desperate enough that the protagonist has to fly out to Hollywood and “penetrate the world of celebrities.”
And apparently they aren’t wasting any time getting the project into production. The trade says that casting is expected to begin immediately and are hoping to have cameras rolling by the spring (presumably for a late 2013 or 2014 release). There’s no mention if McBride could end up taking a part.
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