Elevated to the status of Hollywood golden dude following the box-office bonanza of The Hangover
, director Todd Phillips is all set to oversee forthcoming ‘credit-crunch comedy’ Staycation
, with scribes Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay assuming responsibility for penning the screenplay.
The movie’s concept apparently emanates from Phillips himself, but as yet there are no details forthcoming as to what the plot of Staycation
might be. Perhaps it might present something akin to the complete antithesis of the National Lampoon’s... Vacation
movies? With Chevy Chase imprisoned in the Negative Zone? Sadly, we can only speculate at this stage.
The screenwriting partnership of Hill and Manfredi is one of reasonably chequered history, with Jackie Chan’s The Tuxedo
and Charlize Theron-starrer Æon Flux
amongst their credits. Most recently they – along with Raiders of the Lost Ark
writer Lawrence Kasdan and John Glenn (the writer of Eagle Eye
, not the astronaut) - have been employed on Louis Leterrier’s Clash of the Titans
With the addition of Staycation
, Phillips’ Green Hat company is now able to boast a really rather full production ledger. As well as the inevitable Hangover 2
, other features in-the-works include Murray at Large
, penned by Phillips in tandem with Break-Up
screenwriter Jeremy Garelick, and Man-Witch
. The latter flick was at one point set to star Jack Black and focuses on a school teacher who, on discovery of magic powers, is inducted into a coven, where he is forced to learn his eldritch trade alongside young female witches-in-training.
But the next project helmed by Phillips himself looks set to be Due Date
, in which an expectant father races to be at the birth of his child, with an oddball travelling companion (played by Zach Galifianakis) aiding/addling his efforts... Planes, Trains and Automobiles