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Interview Caroline Preece 21 Aug 2013 - 08:14
Director Rawson Marshall Thurber tasted the rare joy of overnight success with Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story back in 2004, and now he’s making his long-awaited return to comedy with ‘family’ road comedy We’re The Millers.
What attracted you to the script first of all?
I thought it was a really funny script and those are rare enough. When I read it, I think I laughed about four times out loud and that just never happens. I thought it was a really clever take on an old idea – it’s a family road »
The crowd that filled the Bryant Park Grill following New Line’s Aug. 1 Ziegfeld screening of “We’re the Millers” seemed happily surprised with this original summer entry about a family of four trying to smuggle 1,500 kilos of Mexican pot across the border in an Rv.
“The trickiest part handling Jennifer and Jason as they riff along was not laughing over the takes,” said helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber. “They’re friends in real life and that led to their chemistry onscreen. It’s the pixie dust — it’s either there or it isn’t.”
The duo certainly never paused:
Q: Do you see this as a series?
Sudeikis: Gosh, I have no idea.
Aniston: I think that’s an interesting idea.
- Stephen Schaefer
Martin Mull, who recurs on Two And A Half Men, has been cast as a lead in Dads, Fox‘s six-episode multi-camera comedy series from Ted‘s Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild and Seth MacFarlane. Written by Sulkin and Wild, Dads centers on two successful guys in their 30s, Eli and Warner (Tommy Dewey), who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads (Mull, Peter Riegert) unexpectedly move in with them. Mull, repped by Gersh and Anonymous Content, plays Warner’s dad Crawford, a man who’s always been the bane of Warner’s existence. The casting comes shortly after producing studio 20th TV replaced casting directors on Dads, with Valko Miller taking over for Lisa Beach. Ryan Eggold just booked NBC/Sony TV pilot The Blacklist. Written by Jon Bokenkamp and directed by Joe Carnahan, the project centers on Red, the world’s most wanted criminal who mysteriously »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Several recently greenlit Fox comedy projects have casting directors under contract, Backstage has learned. The first, a project with the working title “Dads,” written by Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild and hailing from Seth MacFarland’s Fuzzy Dorr shingle, is being cast by Lisa Beach and Sarah Katzman. The project has received a strait-to-series order for six episodes. It centers on two successful 30-something roommates whose lives are upended when their dads move in with them. So far the only actor cast in the project is Brenda Song, who will play an assistant to the two protagonists. In addition to the new series, four pilots are also set to begin casting. Anya Colloff and Michael Nicolo of Cfb Casting will cast “Two Wrongs,” about a man who must convince his family that their hatred of his girlfriend isn't justified — despite the fact that she left him at the altar several years ago. »
4 items from 2013
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