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James Franco To Star In RICKY STANICKY! Peyton Reed To Not Direct!

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Several months ago, Heat Vision reported that James Franco was set to star in RICKY STANICKY, a comedy written by BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA mastermind Jeff Bushell. The story centers on a group of childhood friends who, after accidentally burning down some dude's house, invent the fictitious troublemaker of the title to take the blame. Fast-forward twenty or so years, and the friends are still using Stanicky to get out of trouble with their wives. This works brilliantly until the wives demand an audience with their nonexistent buddy, thus forcing the boys to hire an actor (Franco) to play the elusive Stanicky. The film is set up at Summit, and is currently out to directors. Since this is a studio comedy looking to attract top-tier comedic talent, it would make sense for Summit to pursue a guy like Peyton Reed; he's three-for-three with mainstream-skewing comedies (BRING IT ON, THE BREAK-UP and YES MAN), and has solid relationships with some of the funniest people in Hollywood. However, contrary to a rumor that's been circulating for the last week or so, Reed is not in talks to direct RICKY STANICKY. In fact, he hasn't even taken a meeting on the project, so I have no idea where this story came from. When I spoke with Reed last July prior to the New Beverly's 10th Anniversary screening of BRING IT ON, he told me he was close to finishing a original screenplay he hopes to direct. That's where his focus is right now. So there's your RICKY STANICKY update for August 10, 2010. You're welcome.

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  • Aug. 10, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Watching Franco in Freaks and Geeks right now

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Very good on that show.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    That premise is pretty hilarious

    by Wolfman Nards

    If pulled off right, it could be damn funny. It could also be fucking terrible. Still though - looking forward to this.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Oscar Wilde with fart jokes

    by emptystan

    Just what we needed, sad because Franco is funny as hell.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    hilarious indeed, AND quite original

    by Argentino

    so I guess Peyton Reed IS out of the question...

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    I do not understand the Peyton Reed love

    by Ribbons

    Bring It On is okay, Down With Love is solid, but The Break-Up and Yes Man are both terrible, yet this site makes him out to be the next Douglas Sirk or something.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Agreed, nice premise. But could go either way.

    by Dapper Swindler

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Kilowog pic?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    where the hell is it, Green lantern is bigger then thor and captain america combined, lets get some coverage

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    down with love

    by teamneedle

    he might have 3 out of 4 commercial successes, but down with love is the only tolerable film- a nice throwback to the 50's-

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Could be funny, but

    by Cobb05

    Keep Seth Rogan out of this. Bring in some new blood.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    I wanted to hate Yes Man

    by JoeD

    In fact, I avoided watching it, expecting a Liar, Liar retread. When I finally sat down and watched it on HBO, I was pleasantly surprised. By the numbers, but capable, and it made me laugh in more than a few parts. Not too long, enjoyable, and it had Zooey Deschanel. I liked it.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Peyton Reed is not mowing my lawn.

    by palimpsest

    Or painting my kitchen. That's all the news I've got on Reed here.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Hooray Peyton Reed!

    by D.Vader

    UNC graduate making GOOD! <p> Along with Michael Jordan, Andy Griffith, and Mia Hamm, among others, I meant.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    sounds interestingish...just make it R

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    because come on, Ricky Stanicky sounds like he gives fat girls mustache rides on a daily basis

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 10:13 p.m. CST

    BRING IT ON...Ah, when Dunst and Duschku were

    by tylerzero

    (comment removed for explicit sexual language)

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Isn't James Franco working on like 4 graduate degrees

    by BetterCallSaul

    right now? How can he find the time for this?

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Plus his work on General Hospital is borderline

    by BetterCallSaul

    batshit insane, like Joaquin Phoenix's rap career

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    He went from Spider Man 2 to General Hospital

    by RPLocke

    for shame.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Franco on 30 Rock

    by Bass Ackwards

    Introducing his body pillow girlfriend Mika Tan, complete with a little bow, cracks me up every time. That is all I have to contribute.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    James Franco is awesome

    by JoeD

    I think he's doing the General Hospital role as research for another role, or for his film class or something. That's what I've heard at least. I'd like to meet him. He strikes me as a guy that loves his work, but isn't caught up in the pretentiousness of the Hollywood scene. I deduce this from repeat viewings of Pineapple Express and anecdotes of friends of friends that claim to have met him.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Down With Love is fantastic. The man should have done a period Fantastic Four movie! Yes, there's a very good chance *that* would get bankrolled...!

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    thought franco did GH

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    So his brother could be on Scrubs 2.suck...

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST


    by DickBallsworth

    Wif some xtrey stank on it.