Three comedic actors whose comedic years now seem behind them have all signed on to one project, The Big Year, based on a 1988 Mark Obmascik novel subtitled A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession. Those men? Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, and Jack Black. The story follows three competing bird watchers whose rivalry “is an allegory for the challenges each faces in his own life.”
Steve Martin takes a role vacated by Dustin Hoffman. Producers are Ben Stiller and Curtis Hanson. The film will be directed by Dave Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me) and written by Howard Franklin, who penned the spectacular Bill Murray heist flick, Quick Change.
Man, I wish there was something else fun I could think to say about this. Ten years ago, I’d have been all over this. Now? Not so much. It would be nice to see each of them have a career resurgence, and give up on all the goddamn family films. But the idea of Jack Black and Owen Wilson in the same film just kind of nauseates me.