April 16, 2012
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has acquired remake rights to the Danish film and TV series KLOVN. The studio has set Danny McBride to write and star in CLOWN, a film he will produce through his Rough House banner along with Todd Phillips and his Green Hat Films. The film follows the basic premise of the Mikkel Nørgaard-directed film, a concept created by Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam, who’ll also be producers on the project. The logline: two men and a 13-year old boy embark on an R-rated vacation.
In the original film that followed the TV series, Casper and Frank plan a canoeing trip deemed “Tour de Pussy” in which they plan to party hard and have as much sex as possible. Then, Frank discovers his girlfriend is pregnant and wants to get rid of the baby. She’ll only relent if he can prove he’ll be a worthy father. Frank’s answer is to take her 11-year old son on the canoe trip, but he and his buddy don’t change any of their plans for debauchery. The film was widely compared to The Hangover, and sounds like a perfect premise for Phillips, but at this point, he’s only producing and not attached to direct. In the remake, the kid will be 13 years old.
McBride will start work immediately. His HBO series EASTBOUND & DOWN airs its finale this Sunday. McBride played a brief but notable character in the Phillips-directed DUE DATE, in which he played a wheelchair-bound Iraq vet who tunes up Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis’s characters after they try to cash a check at Western Union. McBride and Phillips are repped by CAA, with McBride lawyered by Steve Warren and Phillps by Warren Dern.