Almost six months after Richard Linklater officially signed on to direct the Incredible Mr. Limpet remake, The Wrap reports that a bunch of comedy stars are currently in talks to join the cast alongside Zach Galifianakis, who is expected to play the titular role. Jon Hamm, Danny McBride, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jordan Peele are all reportedly being considered for roles, with Hamm as the human villain, McBride and Silverman in live-action roles, and Hart, Key, and Peele voicing animated sea creatures. The Wrap notes that production on the Limpet remake could begin as early as the fall, though live-action scenes will [...]
Warner Bros is preparing to turn 1960s sitcom Gilligan's Island into a movie, and Josh Gad (1600 Penn, The Book of Mormon) is attached to play a major role, Deadline reports. Gad will write the script with Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez. There's no word on what part Gad will be playing, although it'll probably be either Gilligan or the Skipper. It's pretty hard to imagine Gilligan's Island warranting enough material for a full-on movie, given that it's a pretty flimsy premise even for a 22-minute show, but we'll see how this goes.
A Sam Kinison biopic is on the way. Deadline reports that actor Josh Gad has been cast as Kinison in a movie to be directed by Larry Charles (Borat, Brüno). Rich Wilkes (xXX, Airheads) wrote the script, based on the book Brother Sam by the late comedian's sibling, Bill Kinison. The movie will start in the 1980s, picking up with Kinison's transition from pentecostal preacher to famous, filthy standup comedian. Producers are looking to cast actors and comedians in supporting and bit roles as public figures who played into Kinison's life, such as Howard Stern, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Oral Roberts, and Richard Pryor. The movie was [...]
Here's the pilot episode of NBC's new midseason sitcom 1600 Penn, starring Josh Gad, Jenna Elfman, Bill Pullman, and some other people as the dysfunctional family of the President (Pullman plays the President, not Josh Gad). This first episode aired in a special preview last night. The show's set to officially premiere on January 8th at 9:30 after The Office, but watch it online first so that you can feel ahead of the curve and better than everybody when January 8th rolls around.
So many new shows being bought and sold today! What is this, folks, the television show stock market? Wait, please don't leave. Can we start over?
Tom Hanks is working on a half-hour comedy for HBO about college athletes called Players. With Entourage over and Curb probably winding down, it makes sense that HBO is trying to find strong new comedies.
More ladies are selling comedies too! Jennifer Crittenden and Gaby Allan sold ABC Don't Panic, about "a group of female friends navigate the ups and downs of post-college life in New York City, all while suffering through an endless cycle of weddings and bridal showers." It's [...]