A couple of high-profile Apatow guys — and alums of Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall — are continuing their comedy trends, clearly seeing no point in really trying much else (hey! They know their limitations).
First up, THR reports that Jonah Hill will star in The Sitter, an Adventures in Babysitting crossed with Superbad comedy about a suspended college kid who gets conned into babysitting the neighbor kids — two boys and an eight-year-old girl. (It strikes me now that no one thought to cast D’Onofrio as Thor?) Peter over at /Film has read the script, and describes it as an R-rated version of Babysitting, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, particularly if the eight-year-old gets coked to the gills.
The script comes from Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka, and will be directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, All the Real Girls) who replaces Jonathan Levine (The Wackness), which is to say: six of one, half dozen of the other (they’re both great directors who seem better than the premise of this movie, but if the script really is great, then maybe either one would’ve been suitable).
Meanwhile, Jason Segal has been cast in Bad Teacher, a Cameron Diaz black comedy about a “a foul-mouthed, conniving seventh-grade teacher who pursues a colleague after being dumped by her sugar daddy.” That pursuit pits her against another teacher played by Lucy Punch in competition over the as yet uncast model teacher. Segal will play the gym teacher — I’m not sure how significant a role that is. Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard, Zero Effect) will direct. The script comes from “The Office” scribes, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who are immensely popular these days, despite having written Year One. Filming begins next month.