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.
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.
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.