Patton Oswalt and Johnny Knoxville are set to play feuding brothers (“squabbling sibs”, as Deadline puts it) in an untitled comedy executive produced by David Gordon Green. It’s virtually guaranteed to be really funny because Johnny Knoxville is tall and skinny and Patton Oswalt is short and chubby — classic comedy recipe! I’m guessing Patton plays the rich, pompous womanizer and Knoxville the shy-but-goodhearted, D&D-loving shut-in, but I’ve been wrong before.
The untitled comedy will be directed by Todd Rohal and financed by Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf’s Big Beach Films. Knoxville and Oswalt will play battling brothers who attempt to honor their ailing father by taking a troop of boys on a camping trip. It all goes awry. Rob Riggle, Maura Tierney and Patrice O’Neal also star. Rohal, who originally wrote the script under the title Scout Master, most recently directed The Catechism Cataclysm. Production on the new comedy starts this week. [Deadline]
I’d rather watch a five-hour collection of Patton Oswalt’s Five-Second Films, but I suppose this’ll do. And I have faith that Johnny Knoxville can break the once-co-starred-opposite-Jessica-Simpson curse. Here’s a brief list of some of her other co-stars:
The woman’s like the black widow of careers. But hopefully Patton can help suck out the poison. Free idea: their father should be played by BRIAN DENNEHY!