Sarah Marshall director Nick Stoller goes Greek

Forgetting Sarah Marshall’s $17.7 million take this past weekend may not have bested the pairing of Jet Li and Jackie Chan at the box office, but it was enough to keep director Nick Stoller under producer Judd Apatow’s employ. Variety tells us that Stoller has just signed to write and direct Get Him to the Greek for Apatow, with Jonah Hill starring as “a fresh-out-of-college insurance adjuster who is hired to accompany an out-of-control rock star (Forgetting Sarah Marshall’s Russell Brand) from London to a gig at L.A.’s Greek Theater.” Stoller describes the film as “a very dirty take on Almost Famous.”

It’s a little odd that Brand is playing a rocker again, after playing Sarah Marshall’s new boyfriend Aldous Snow, but he was terrific in Marshall and it’s great to see him being adopted into the Apatow stable. Hopefully the rock-star repeat will be used as an excuse to show Brand performing a new batch of hilariously wrong-headed songs; his musical bits in Sarah Marshall, at least one of which was co-written by Brand, were hilarious.

For his part, Jonah Hill starred in the Apatow’s Superbad and had a minor role in Sarah Marshall, as a not-very-vaguely lovestruck fan of Snow.

Nick Stoller, who honed his writing chops on Apatow’s short-lived TV series, Undeclared, is set to co-write and direct two other projects with Jason Segel, Five Year Engagement (for Apatow) and the next Muppet movie, and wrote December’s Jim Carrey starrer, Yes Man.

Related posts: Quick Cuts: Brad Bird’s 1906, Segel and Stoller take on the Muppets, Fame; Trailer Watch: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Taken, Iron Man Super Bowl spot, Defiance

Posted on April 23, 2008 at 10:58 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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