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After 2007’s supercool “arcade games as life” documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, director Seth Gordon has made three divisive comedies and a crapload of money in the process. 2008’s familial comedy Four Christmases, 2011’s raunch-fest Horrible Bosses and this year’s goofy road movie Identity Thief have each made over $100 million, and when that’s combined with his steady television directing, it seems the sky is Gordon’s limit.
In one of the strangest examples of “the more things change, the more they stay the same,” that come to mind, Gordon’s next project won’t be a comedy at all, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but a dirty cop thriller titled One Night on the Hudson. However, he will be reteaming with Horrible Bosses co-stars Charlie Day and Jason Sudekis for the feature, which Universal will produce. It’s one thing to readily accept these two comically gifted actors in a subtle drama, but a suspenseful thriller is another thing entirely. Regardless of how it turns out, this already sounds worlds more interesting than the Horrible Bosses sequel announced a few days ago.
So the story goes, a fresh-faced rookie cop is partnered with a cynical veteran, and for his first night on the job, they must transport a federal witness from New Jersey to Manhattan. It’s hard to top this line from THR’s story. “The only thing standing between the: dirty cops, dirty criminals, and the Hudson River." Expect some bridge action. It’s a shame there was no word on what characters Day and Sudekis would be playing.
The script for One Night on the Hudson was written as a spec by T.J. Fixman in 2011, and it spent two years without a home before Universal snatched it up. Fixman has previously written for video games, most notably the sci-fi FPS Resistance 2 and many entries in the Ratchet & Clank series.
Day became a breakout star thanks to the reliable hilarity of FX’s hit comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and will be appearing in Guillermo Del Toro’s monsters vs. robots epic Pacific Rim later this year. Sudekis, a Saturday Night Live veteran, will be reteaming with Jennifer Aniston for the pot comedy We’re the Millers in August, and he can be heard in the Twentieth Century Fox animated film Epic in May.