Variety reports that the sequel to the wonderful, Oscar-snubbed Lego Movie has its director: Community's Rob Schrab. Seeing as the previous directors, Chris Miller and Phil Lord (who are returning to write the script), also came from an excellent TV background with Clone High, and with the level of meta-ness that both The Lego Movie and Community share, it's an inspired choice. It'll be Schrab's first feature, but he's directed tons of comedic television, including episodes of Parks and Rec, The Mindy Project, Workaholics, and Childrens Hospital. All very exciting! But there's gonna be a bit of a wait — the sequel isn't due until 2018.
Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone's upcoming film Michelle Darnell is rounding out its cast. THR reports that Kristen Bell has just been added to the cast, which also includes Kathy Bates and Peter Dinklage. Based on one of McCarthy's original characters at The Groundlings, Michelle Darnell will follow McCarthy as "a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught insider trading. When she emerges ready to re-brand herself as America’s latest sweetheart with the help of a former assistant, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget." Bell will play the former assistant — a "mousy single mother who is trying [...]
Bobby Farrelly is set to make his solo directorial debut. The Wrap reports that Farley has signed on to direct an upcoming comedy called One Night Stan. His brother Peter was originally slated to co-direct but has since left the project. No cast has been announced yet, but the film will follow Stan, "a charmer known for his one-night-stands and firm commitment not to commit who falls hard for a dazzler named Amy. When he decides to change his wanton ways, he discovers that Amy has her own ideas about relationships." Said Farrelly on the news: "Every successful comedy starts with a good script, and this one’s a [...]
Netflix has given the Duplass brothers a home for their next four films. Not long after reaching a similar deal with Adam Sandler, the streaming network signed a deal today with Mark and Jay Duplass to finance and release their next four movies. "This is just the latest step in our very long relationship with the Duplass Brothers," Netflix exec Ted Sarandos told Deadline. "We've been working with them almost since the very beginning, when we were red envelope delivery. Independent film has always been a big part of Netflix, and the reason we do things like the Adam Sandler deal is so we can do things [...]
Parks and Rec star Aubrey Plaza just landed a big screen role opposite soon-to-be legendary comedy team Zac Efron and Robert De Niro. Deadline reports that Plaza has been cast in Dirty Grandpa, which follows Efron as an "uptight twenty-something who embarks on a road trip before his wedding to bond with his recently widowed grandfather (De Niro) only to find that his grandpa is a foul-mouthed lunatic on a mission to get laid during Spring Break." Plaza will play Lenore, "a savvy, beguiling party girl looking for fun on Spring Break." Zoey Deutch and Dermot Mulroney also appear in the film, which is slated for a release [...]