Around the HCF office, we can be a miserable bunch watching all these violent, nasty flicks, and even though horror can often be fun, it is usually at the expense of someone getting hurt. So every now and then we like to talk about a new comedy that isn’t horror, and in our eyes will be funny, and worth looking forward to.
Case in point: Variety has reported that Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, Clash of the Titans) will be directing the awesome Sacha Baron Cohen in a new spy comedy called Grimsby.
Baron Cohen and Phil Johnston sold the film as a pitch to Paramount last August.
Story follows a British black ops agent who is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, who is a northern English soccer hooligan.
Since leaving the Freddy Mercury biopic, Baron Cohen has been trying to find his next project and had amped up the search for a director for “Grimsby.” Given the action elements involved with the project, Baron Cohen had been meeting with directors like Leterrier who had more of an action-oriented background to go along with the comic elements.
Leterrier had been aggressively pursuing this project since “Now You See Me” bowed, having met with Baron Cohen and Paramount execs several times in order to make it his next project.
Fans of Now You See Me don’t panic though, Leterrier is still onboard to direct the sequel.