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Director Ruben Fleischer blew a shotgun shell-sized hole into cinema when he debuted Zombieland.s gory and silly shenanigans to the world, and followed that up with the underrated caper comedy 30 Minutes or Less. He then directed the hell of out of the derivativeness that was Gangster Squad. If there is a pattern to be followed here, it can be assumed that his next feature will just be people shooting guns at bombs while cursing, but he.s going in a completely different direction, as he enters discussions to take on Disney.s Overnight, a family-friendly adventure comedy. Of course! I.m totally on board with this concept, however, as THR describes the film as "Home Alone in an Fao Scwartz-esque toy store. The story will center on a divorced and absent-minded father and his son trying to rebuild their relationship (I could have saved all kinds of past relationships »
Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is in talks with Disney to helm an adventure film called Overnight. The film is described as Home Alone in a toy store, and the story centers on "a father and son [who] win an inaugural sleepover in an amazing toy store–the same night thieves decide to rob it."
The last movie that Fleischer directed was Gangster Squad, which didn't do very well with critics. I was one of the few people that actually kind of enjoyed it. I think Fleisher is a talented director who has a knack for making fun movies. He also directed 30 Minutes or Less. Overnight sounds like it will be a great project for him to take on.
Via: Deadline »
- Joey Paur
Disney might be putting its toys all in one basket with this one. Ruben Fleischer, who directed the charming "Zombieland" and the slightly less-charming "30 Minutes or Less" and the pretty silly "Gangster Squad," is in talks to direct the family film "Overnight."
Written by "22 Jump Street" scribe Oren Uziel, the film is described as "Home Alone" in a toy store much like Fao Schwarz. Hold on to your butts, because this ain't "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler"! This could be a cool fit, because although "Zombieland" was far from a family-friendly film, it was fast and funny enough to see Fleischer's style translating well into a PG-13 father/son farce. After the surprisingly dark "30 Minutes or Less" and disappointing "Gangster Squad," it could be interesting to see Fleischer take on a lighter project.
Uziel has written a number of scripts in various states of pre-production (or »
- Jenni Miller
Say you're a studio executive at Disney, and you've got this script on your desk, a script called “Overnight.” It was pitched to you as “ 'Home Alone' in a toy store," with the story following a father and son, who've won a sleepover in a toy store, and have to defend it against burglars until morning comes—and now it needs a director. As you sit there, chomping on your cigar and contemplating the Mickey-shape decanter of whiskey on your desk, do you think to yourself “what I need is a man who got his start with a short called 'Masturbation,' made a gruesome zombie comedy and a stoner kidnap comedy, and then topped it off with a star-studded, very violent, critically disdained period gangster flick”? Apparently, yes you do, which is why Disney has just hired the only man alive who fits that description: Ruben Fleischer, »
- Ben Brock
Briefly: Ruben Fleischer broke out big with Zombieland, but his following two films, 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad, have been, well, less impressive each time. Can a slight course change into more family-oriented territory tap the reset button and give him a project that’ll be back on track? We’ll find out if he […]
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- Russ Fischer
Gangster Squad and Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer has signed onto helm family comedy Overnight, a Home Alone-style romp set in a toy shop similar to Fao Schwartz. Plot details are being kept to an absolute minimum but it looks set to centre on a recently divorced father trying to save his relationship with his son.
Neal Moritz (21 Jump Street) is set to produce Overnight and 22 Jump Street screenwriter Oren Uziel has penned the screenplay, which is a promising sign. As yet, there's no word on potential cast members, or a start date for production.
Meanwhile, in other comedy news, it's been revealed that the We're the Millers sequel has found a screenwriter, with Adam Sztykiel (Due Date, Made of Honor) attached to pen the script. with Rawson Marshall Thurber will once again return to direct. The original made an impressive $269 million worldwide last year, with a cast that included Jason Sudeikis, »
- Gary Collinson
6 Miranda Drive
Kevin Bacon is set and Radha Mitchell is in negotiations to star in this story of a family that unwittingly brings a fear-feeding supernatural force with them when they return from a Grand Canyon vacation. [Source: THR]
Set inside a toy store, the story follows a father and son winning the chance to spend the night inside a new Fao type store. Their sleepover is interrupted when thieves break in. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
I personally loved the break-out zombie comedy Zombieland a few years back but director Ruben Fleischer’s follow-up movies 30 Minutes Or Less and Gangster Squad… not so much. Still, the talented helmer has been missed in the year since the release of that aforementioned movie, but it looks like he may have his eyes on his next flick as The Hollywood Reporter reports that he’s in talks to direct a film called Overnight over at Disney.
Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street) wrote the script.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
- Paul Heath
Though both 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad mostly failed to impress audiences and critics, director Ruben Fleischer is pressing on with a new project at Disney. Still riding the wave of his success with Zombieland, the filmmaker is headed into more family friendly territory with Overnight, a film from Original Film producer Neal Moritz (21 Jump Street), which Variety simply describes as Home Alone in a toy store. But rather than focusing on just a kid, this time it's a father and son who win the chance to sleepover in some sort of amazing toy store. But it just so happens to be the night some guys try to rob it. We already saw a bit of toy store heist action in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York when The Sticky Bandits tried to rob Duncan's Toy Chest (five floors of cash), but we're betting the toy store in »
- Ethan Anderton
Oren Uziel (The Kitchen Sink) wrote the script that is described as Home Alone set in a large toy store similar to Fao Schwartz. The story centers on a divorced father and his son who win a sleepover in the store, although their night takes a strange turn when they must difuse a hostage situation after thieves try to stage a robbery.
The project was initially set up at Sony/Columbia Pictures, but it was picked up out of turnaround by Disney last year. Neal H. Moritz is attached to produce, although production schedule has been released.
The director first gained notice with his 2009 undead comedy Zombieland, which he followed up with 2011's action-comedy 30 Minutes or Less and last year's period crime drama Gangster Squad. Oren Uziel's other credits include this summer's 22 Jump Street »
Word on filmmaker Ruben Fleischer’s next project has been quiet since his disappointing period crime thriller Gangster Squad opened in theaters early last year, but it appears that he’s now lining up a promising new film at Disney. THR reports that the Zombieland director is in talks to helm a family adventure called Overnight, which is described as Home Alone in a Fao Schwartz-esque toy store. Extensive plot details are unknown, but the story involves a hostage situation and an absent-minded, recently divorced father trying to save his relationship with his son. Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street) penned the screenplay and Neal Moritz (Fast & Furious franchise) is producing. There’s no word on how soon the project might move into production, but it was initially set up at Sony before Disney picked it up out of turnaround. Though Gangster Squad didn’t quite come together, Fleischer has shown promise »
- Adam Chitwood
The project is being compared to “Home Alone,” with a father and son winning the chance to spend the night inside the new Fao type store but find their sleepover interrupted when thieves break in.
Fleischer, whose credits also include “Zombieland” and “30 Minutes or Less,” is repped by UTA.
- Marc Graser
Ruben Fleischer is in discussions to direct Overnight, a family adventure project Neal Moritz is producing for Disney. The project was initially set up at Columbia/Sony but was put into turnaround, with Disney quietly picking it up a year ago. Oren Uziel, who worked on 22 Jump Street, wrote the script, which has been described as Home Alone in an Fao Schwarz-esque toy store. Figuring into the plot is an absent-minded, recently divorced father trying to save his relationship with his son -- and defuse a hostage situation. Fleischer has shown an affinity for switching up genres with each movie
- Borys Kit
Breaking: Disney is in talks with Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer to helm Overnight. Produced by Neal Moritz’s Original Film, the pic is described to me as Home Alone in a toy store, as a father and son win an inaugural sleepover in an amazing toy store — the same night thieves decide to rob it. Fleischer, who most recently helmed Gangster Squad, is repped by UTA. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
After a big success with his first film, 2009’s Zombieland, Ruben Fleischer hasn’t exactly been on a hot streak. 30 Minutes Or Less was funny in parts but largely throwaway and Gangster Squad was savaged by critics and mostly ignored by audiences. So he may be hoping that time in a toy store could be just the ticket to put him back on top, entering negotiations to direct Overnight for Disney.By that, we don’t mean the Mouse House is handing him some corporate credit card and telling him to go crazy in Toys ‘R Us. Instead, Fleischer’s up for the job of making a new family adventure film for the company, which is being described as "Home Alone in a toy store."As you may be able to figure out from that boiled-down pitch, the script by 22 Jump Street co-writer Oren Uziel finds a father and son »
Zombieland and Gangster Squad helmer Ruben Fleischer is taking on Walt Disney Pictures' upcoming family adventure feature, Overnight . The Hollywood Reporter has the story, adding that the project was initially set up at Columbia Pictures but moved to Disney last year. The project hails from screenwriter Oren Uziel, whose upcoming genre mashup comedy The Kitchen Sink hits theaters early next year. According to the trade, Overnight is something akin to "'Home Alone' in an Fao Shwartz-esque toy store". Neal Moritz is producing Overnight . (Photo Credit: FayesVision / WENN.com) »
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