The Die Hard template has been used time and time again to propel other movies that don't involve Bruce Willis foiling the best-laid plans of terrorists. Die Hard on a Bus was Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock's Speed. Die Hard on a Boat was Steven Seagal's Under Siege, while Under Siege 2 was basically Die Hard on a Train. But what about Die Hard with Stoned Idiots? I think that's how we can describe Game Over, Man!, a Netflix comedy that just dropped its first bit of footage.
Fans of the deceased Comedy Central show Workaholics will recognize the three dudes at the center of Game Over, Man! And just typing that makes me sad, because that phrase belongs to the beloved Bill Paxton, who left us too soon. But just by using that phrase as its title makes me think that Game Over, Man! will lampoon several different types of action classics, even though Adam Devine once described it as "Die Hard, but with three idiot John McClanes."
The official plot synopsis goes something like this. Characters played by Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Blake Anderson are low-level maids at a downtown L.A. hotel who have created their own video game on the side, and are about to get it fully financed. Unfortunately, trouble sparks when the man who's bankrolling their endeavor gets kidnapped by terrorists during a hostile takeover. Now it's up to these buffoons to stop the terrorists and rescue the hard-partying billionaire so he can continue to fund their dream of creating an original video game. High stakes!
One reason why we're excited about the Netflix original production of Game Over, Man! is that it's being produced by Scott Rudin, as well as Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Could this be the next equivalent of Pineapple Express, as well as Die Hard? That Seth Rogen movie expertly blended the Lethal Weapon tropes into a weed comedy, and it sounds like Game Over, Man! is trying to do the same with the Die Hard formula.
The problem is, we have to wait almost a full year to see how Game Over, Man! turned out. Netflix plans to release it on April 20, 2018 (get it? 4/20?!) And this first footage, while funny, really only shows us what the Workaholics dudes will look like in the movie, and the type of humor they will be aiming for. We'll bring you more on Game Over, Man! as the details spill out. For more on new and returning Netflix movies and shows, click those words.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.