Coming off one of the best comedies of the past ten years (don’t even try to argue here), THR informs us that Jorma Taccone (MacGruber) will return to his directorial duties for New Line Cinema’s comic book adaptation, The Great Unknown; Mark Gordon and Jennifer Todd are producing the film, which Michael Starrbury has been set to pen. Will Forte, however, has not been thrown into the discussion.
Based on Duncan Rouleau‘s series, Unknown follows “a slacker with delusions of grandeur who believes his so-called great ideas are popping up elsewhere [and] goes on a quest to solve the mystery behind the idea thefts.” A dearth of familiarity with that source material — which, I have to say, sounds fairly interesting in its own right — leaves this writer nonplussed as to how this could translate into a feature; regardless, though, Taccone‘s sense of comedic timing and plain old formal competence has me hopeful for where The Great Unknown could lead to. (That almost sounds like a pun.) Heck, it’ll be great if he can just deliver more zingers on par with some of MacGruber‘s finer moments. Of which there are legion.
Have you read Rouleau’s comic? If so, do you see anything interesting coming from it?
Hitting theaters in wide release this weekend is John Wick, a film I fell for at Fantastic Fest and I’ve since revisited. The actioner, from first-time filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, follows Keanu Reeves’ title character who left behind a life as a hitman for Russian mobsters to settle down for a quiet life with […]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, editor Nick Newman, writer Danny King, and I discuss Alex Ross Perry‘s Listen Up Philip, which is now in limited release and available on VOD. After that, we take a look at the films coming to theaters and home video in […]
As my review can attest to, I’m looking forward to not only watch John Wick again but also see how the film hits with general audiences when it arrives this weekend. The actioner stars Keanu Reeves as an ex-hitman who is crossed by the son of his old employer. When everything is taken from him, he decides to […]
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