The mere prospect of National Treasure 3 seems to be the only big thing that Jon Turteltaub has going for him since the failure of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice last year. Perhaps the financial disappointment of the Nicolas Cage-starrer has led to him taking things back a step or two, as Variety says that he’ll be directing Last Vegas.
CBS Films and Mandate Pictures are behind the comedy that was written by Dan Fogelman, which is centered on “four best friends in their late 60s who decide to escape retirement and throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who remains single.” Everybody is already bringing up comparisons to The Hangover, and it isn’t hard to see why; friends go to Las Vegas (with one being the reason for the trip), something wacky happens, they learn a lesson at the end, etc. Hard to imagine that this would be worse than The Hangover Part II, at least.
Here’s a minor problem: The biggest comedy of Turteltaub‘s career is Cool Runnings — which also came out in 1993. Much of his career since then has been in thrillers, adventure films, or family pictures, so this is a return that’s been a long time coming. Tough to say if this will be something that’s worth getting amped up for, but the presence of screenwriter Fogelman should be something of a good sign; he worked on Crazy, Stupid, Love. and Tangled, two movies that most people seem to like. Take that for what it’s worth.
Would you want to see this comedy based on the description? Is Turteltaub someone that could bring some skill to the genre?