Rob McKittrick set to write actor’s passion project
Jay Baruchel is finally bringing his passion project — based on his character Johnny Klutz –to the big screen.
Rob McKittrick has come aboard to write “Johnny Klutz,” a comedy Universal picked up with Baruchel attached to star and Red Hour producing.
Working from his love of physical comedy, Baruchel created the character of Klutz, a lovable loser who is impervious to pain. He paired with Red Hour in the fall, pitching the concept to Universal execs Lawrence Grey and Eric Baiers. Grey has since departed the studio, a victim of company’s December layoffs. Red Hour, which was based at DreamWorks, has since signed a first-look deal at Fox.
Baruchel and Red Hour kept honing the character, trying to crack his story, eventually meeting with McKittrick, the writer-director behind the ensemble comedy “Waiting …,” starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris. McKittrick came up with a story based on the Klutz character, which put the project in gear.
Ben Stiller, Stuart Cornfeld and Jeremy Kramer are producing for Red Hour. Thruline’s Marc Hamou and Willie Mercer, who rep Baruchel, will serve as executive producers.
Baiers and Dave Targan will oversee the project for Universal.
McKittrick, repped by CAA and H2F, has several projects in development, including the comedies “Man Crush” and “The Wingman” at New Line.
Canada native Baruchel slowly has been moving up the comedy food chain in Hollywood, starring in the short-lived “Undeclared,” the feature “Knocked Up” and finally landing a key part in “Tropic Thunder,” produced by Red Hour.
The actor, additionally repped by CAA, is prepping to shoot the Disney-Bruckheimer movie “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” opposite Nicolas Cage, and has “She’s Out of My League” in the can.
On top of two new affiliates ( Tori-Spelling.org and Chris-Marquette.com ), JBF’s been hipped to some tragic Fanboys news thanks to TeeJay from Chris-Marquette.com ( Thanks TeeJay! ) – below is directly from the email I recieved, reposted here with permission. I urge you to visit TeeJay’s site for any updates, because they know a lot more about this than I do!
We recently reported on chris-marquette.com about the changes that have been made to Fanboys, and if you’ve been following the latest developments there or elsewhere, you know that The Weinstein Company took the movie away from Kyle Newman and reshot some footage late last year with someone called Steven Brill (Without a Paddle, Little Nicky) at the helm. At first we believed that Kyle was directing the reshoots and that the additional footage was just some stuff they had wanted to do but couldn’t afford until TWC agreed to give them another $2 million.
Aaaaank, wrong!! We should have known, because the Weinsteins have a reputation for meddling with films until they turn them into total crap. And obviously that’s what they’re doing with Fanboys right now. Market research has led them to believe the original version of Fanboys will not appeal to the public because it included someone suffering from cancer. They actually stated that their research says people won’t laugh for 5-10 minutes after cancer is mentioned.
So what’s their solution? Eliminating the entire plot of the original film by cutting the cancer aspect. Now the core group of Star Wars fans travels cross country on a mission to steal an early print of The Phantom Menace, not to help their dying friend realize his last wish, but just because. They tool around in their super geeky van and cause all kinds of havoc just because they think it would be the ultimate fanboy thing to do, breaking into Skywalker Ranch to steal the movie right out from under George Lucas’s nose.
And because we know both endings now, we can tell you that this super-geeky, booger-eating, gratuitously dirty version ends in a complete letdown. Gone are the triumphant final scenes surrounding Linus realizing his dream and revitalizing all his friendships in his remaining days on earth. Gone is the ending that received three standing ovations and nine minutes of applause when the rough cut of the real version screened at Celebration Europe last year. No one will cheer this new ending. And Star Wars fans are likely to leave the theater feeling manhandled and very much ripped off.
And it’s not only the ending. The whole movie is not going to be what we had expected as being both hilariously funny and emotionally moving, instead it’ll be just a few guys geeking out in what has been called “Superbad with nerdier characters” and a completely empty story.
But here’s where you can actively help us fight these changes. If, like us, you think that what The Weinstein Company is doing is wrong, distasteful and misguided, please join the group of fans who’ve formed their own Rebel Alliance to take on the TWC Death Star and fight Darth Weinstein to the bitter end. Help us save this movie we’ve all been anticipating for so long.
Check out their website (www.seeya.at/stopdarthweinstein) and their MySpace page (www.myspace.com/stopdarthweinstein).
Please e-mail the list of TWC employees to let them know that you’re unhappy with these developments, the Stop Darth Weinstein website will tell you how. Also, please join the Stop Darth Weinstein MySpace community and leave a comment. Post your own opinion online and stay vocal with your discontent. If we can mobilize enough people, maybe we can right a few wrongs and bring about a change of heart.
May The Force Be With The Real Version Of Fanboys!
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