Sunday, February 15, 2009

Jonah Hill sells script to Universal

By: JaysQ

Recently it was reported that Jonah Hill (Superbad, Strange Wilderness) sold a script to Universal Pictures called 'THE ADVENTURER'S HANDBOOK'. The story focuses on four guys who set out on a journey to find a mysterious location, after becoming inspired by a book of the same name. Apparently it was a very hush-hush transaction and up until yesterday Universal still had not confirmed the deal. It's now finalized with Hill and Jason Schwartzman starring alongside each other.

I have to admit I'm a huge fan of Jonah, the Apatow crew, as well as the many hilarious people that have collaborated with them and I doubt 'HANDBOOK' will change that opinion. He sometimes comes under fire when he's in front of the camera, but I particularly enjoy Hill's comedic approach and timing. His co-writers on the film (Max Winkler and Matthew Spicer), though mostly unknown, have contributed to David Wain's humorous internet series 'Wainy Days' which bodes well. Not too mention Schwartzman's attachment. He's almost always gold. All these elements banging together are gonna make for some quality laughs.

The one choice I'm not necessarily convinced on is that of Akiva Schaffer directing. I don't dislike his work entirely. I actually love the digital shorts he directs on SNL (especially 'Lazy Sunday' which is freakin hysterical) but didn't care much for 'Hot Rod'. Regardless, it's far too early to speculate on that anyways.

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  1. Jonah Hill sux Balls. He just rides the coat tails of his talented friends.

  2. I agree with that guys comment. It's well thought out and on point.

  3. I guess it's just a matter of opinion. His delivery usually feels pretty spot on to me. He definitely hasn't proven himself as a screenwriter yet so this stands to make him or break him, in that regard.

  4. Jonah Hill cannot play characters to save his life. If he wrote it, hopefully he just wrote it to cater to his lack of range and typecasting as the lude and loud fat guy (which can be hilarious at the right dosage).