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7 Things You Need to Know Before the Geeks Inherit the Earth

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | July 12, 2012 | Comments ()


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  • Ed Helms, who along with Paul Lieberstein and Catherine Tate, has completely decimated the last remaining shred of goodness in "The Office," will next move on to pulverize another unsacred cow: National Lampoon's Vacation. According to Variety, he's in line to play Rusty Griswold, the son of Chevy Chase' Clark Griswold character. The new movie, directed and written by the guys who wrote Horrible Bosses -- John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein -- will follow Rusty in his attempts to follow in his father's footsteps. Anthony Michael Hall, who is underneath a table in the atomic weeping position, could not be reached for comment.

  • Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), whose star has faded a bit since Synecdoche, New York, is using Kickstarter to get his next project off the ground. Anomalisa is a stop-motion animated film about a motivational speaker who slowly loses his own motivation, and "Community's" Dan Harmon (and Starburn Industries) are also behind the project, in a production capacity. Moreover, the guys who did "Community's" stop-motion Christmas episode -- Rosa Tran and Duke Johnson -- are also behind the project. Even better, if you contribute $5,000, Dan Harmon will write a 20-page screenplay about you. (via The AV Club)

  • There were two announcements on Twitter yesterday regarding the Arrested Development movie. First, Jason Bateman tweeted that the film would begin shooting in four weeks, then Ron Howard posted an image of the writers' room. IT'S REALLY HAPPENING. It's not just a dream anymore. Unless you're still sleeping, in which case all of this is a dream, and I am writing this naked while floating on a cloud made of moon pies.

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    Speaking of Bateman, according to Variety, he's to make his feature film directorial debut with Bad Words, a Black List script by Andrew Dodge about a bitter adult who uses a loophole to enter a spelling bee for children.

  • It seems like someone tries to kickstart a Evel Knievel movie every few years, and the latest guy to try it is Charming Potato. Per THR, he will produce and star in the film, which will also be produced by the guys behind The Social Network.

  • In comic book movies, the guy behind the much better than anticipated Chronicle, Josh Trank, has been signed to reboot The Fantastic Four. Meanwhile, according to Deadline, David Slade has dropped out of the director's chair for the Daredevil reboot. Please, people. Stop trying to make Daredevil happen, unless you're going to do it entirely from the first-person perspective, which would make it a podcast instead of a movie.

  • Looking forward to the fifth season of "Breaking Bad"? Dan will return with his recaps next week, Joanna will once again join Dave Chen for a weekly podcast on the show, and I have been writing about it all week on UPROXX. Among the highlights: A Brief History of the Pink Teddy Bear, a wicked cool video showing Bryan Cranston's transformation into Walter White, and news out yesterday that Vince Gilligan is interested in a Saul Goodman spin-off.

  • The trailer for Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk with Me is out, and it looks outstanding. Produced by the guys behind "This American Life," the film stars Lauren Ambrose, David Wain, Kristen Schaal, Carol Kane, and James Rebhorn. It arrives in theaters on August 24th. I think this movie is going to singe your dingleberries, folks.



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  • Comments Are Welcome, Jerks Will Be Banned


    • hapl0

      Stop trying to make Daredevil happen, unless you’re going to do it entirely from the first-person perspective, which would make it a podcast instead of a movie.

      Bravo! And I'm being sincere here.

      Sleep Walk with Me looks amazing. Maybe it'll put things into perspective after the Tosh debacle?

    • John G.

      Dustin, I am exactly who you reference in the pink teddy bear. I never saw the show until I marathon'd the whole thing last month. I just read your article, and I still don't understand the significance of the teddy bear.

    • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

      If they name the Goodman spin-off "Better Call Saul" I will officially lose my shit.

    • Sara_Tonin00

      Still kicking myself for not seeing Sleepwalk With Me in any of its live incarnations.

      I'm getting weary of crowd-sourced projects. But hey - Kaufman, Harmon - get the fuck off Kickstarter. It is not the place for you. It is the place for people who do NOT have access to real investors with real money. It is the place for people who have projects that will most likely NOT make any money. You are selling people little more than the feeling that they're doing something "cool" by DONATING MONEY to RICH PEOPLE. If you just want to make "something beautiful" yourselves - then make something beautiful by yourselves. Apatow managed with Dr. Horrible. Nick Park managed.

    • Tinkerville

      Yes, thank you. Kickstarter's an incredible resource and it's already proven to be a force for good for talented artists who don't have access to funds or publicity. But I can't help but get a weird feeling when big name filmmakers start a fund like this. Sure, it might free them from having to work with big studios who might stifle the creativity of the project, but it also seems like it's taking something away from the people who really need it. Neil Gaiman, for example, uses his influence to bring attention to dozens of great campaigns I never would have heard of otherwise. That I can respect.

      PS: Methinks you might've meant Whedon, not Apatow, with Dr. Horrible?

    • Sara_Tonin00

      Yes, of course, meant Whedon, but will let my ignominious ire-induced ignorance stand.

    • Is this a funny thing? Are you being funny?

      (and it's a fourth season of AD, not a film)

    • Sara_Tonin00

      Er, no, not being funny. Though since Tinkerville brought up Gaiman, I'll tell Amanda Palmer she's well-off enough to skip Kickstarter as well.

    • Its a process that ensures the audience that wants it ie. the one that pays for it, can have it, while insuring the artist at least a break even point. It also works as a positive marketing tool. Does it make me feel cool for chipping in for this production, "YES"... But it also lets the people whose work I appreciate know that someone wants to see their shit.

      Its a win win, and you don't have to chip in... um.. in.

    • Katylalala

      I cannot wait to see this. Birbiglia is one of the funniest dudes around, and this looks really great.

    • JRD

      Go see Sleepwalk With Me. I saw it at Boston IFF-- it was the funniest thing I've seen in a while.

    • Fredo

      I still think the Fantastic Four reboot could be good. The key, obviously, is to not make it like they did before.

    • Fabius_Maximus

      Provided they keep on Michael Chiklis as Thing, yes.

    • alm6762

      The 2 existing movies are unwatchable. How do things like that get made?

    • Fabius_Maximus

      The throw darts at cards with plot points?

    • The key is to make it a period piece, Mad Men style, full of retro-futurism.

    • 'Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), whose star has faded a bit since Synecdoche, New York,'
      You say that, without realising that we are all in a Kaufman film RIGHT NOW! Oh, you actually kinda suspected? THAT'S THE FILM TOO!
      Abed!Abed!Abeeeeeed!

    • BWeaves

      The Neverending Story: Part Eternity, or It's Turtles All The Way Down

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