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Jonah Hill To Direct A Horror/Sci-Fi Film?

Nordling here.

According to Heat Vision, Jonah Hill's eager to expand his filmmaking experience by directing his first film, called KITCHEN SINK.  Written by Oren Uziel, the story seems aptly named as it features zombies, vampires, and aliens (oh my!).  The story is about zombie teens and vampire teens who must stop fighting and come together to stop an alien invasion.

Already I like the title - the film seems very aware of itself and with Jonah Hill behind the lens I'd be surprised if this wasn't more comedy than horror.  If it does live up to the title, then I hope Hill and Uziel fill it to the brim with every horror and sci-fi fetish they can imagine.  Jonah Hill's very much a cinephile, and this sounds like a good choice for his first directorial effort, giving him the chance put all that film passion into it.

The project looks to be set up at Sony Pictures with Columbia, the studio that is also releasing his 21 JUMP STREET film.

Nordling, out.

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  • March 1, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST

    with a plot like that

    by dopepope

    It can't be anything other than comedy. Intended or not.

  • March 1, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    ha ha!!!

  • March 1, 2011, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Say hi to John Candy for me, Jonah

    by darthpigman

  • March 1, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Like that Jonah Hill?

    by Andrew Coleman

    Hollywood is just the fail. So many young talented people out there. Not to hate and maybe Hill is perfect for this but this is a little tiring. Hill decided he can't act(thank God) and has moved on and just landed this gig? I mean... Really? Movie's plot is based off of day dreams I had in middle school so that's cool I guess.

  • March 1, 2011, 10:51 p.m. CST

    What Plot?

    by MakNeil

    I don't know. To pull off what sounds really chaotic and nuts is hard for an established director–I have to give Michael Bay props in this area. Despite the fact that his Transformers films, remarkably enough, have less depth than the cartoons, he manages the chaos beautifully. The same thing applies to Paul Verhoeven, who somehow manages to put as shitstorm of insanity on the screen in films like Robocop and Starship Troopers–but for a first-time director? With experience only in front of the camera (as far as I am aware)? I am not seeing it, which is not to say that he shouldn't try; though I am not expecting much.

  • March 1, 2011, 10:51 p.m. CST

    I guess it goes to show...

    by FilmGuy125

    ...that if you're a fat Jew in Hollywood, you can accomplish ANYTHING!!!

  • March 1, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Sure, why not rip the plot of Cowboys & Aliens?

    by Mennen

    ... That's about right.

  • March 1, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST


    by pauduro

    leave directing TO DIRECTORS why the FRAKKKKKKKKKK actors want to direct????? ther some directors THAT SUKKKKKK AT IT so why the hellll a fraking B-list Actor wants to direct. PISESE ME OFF

  • March 1, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    in hollywood you fail upwards

    by Billy_D_Williams

  • March 1, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    jonah Hill might be the biggest douche in hollywood

    by jules windex

  • No studio or production company would even remotely touch it, you couldn't even get a meeting with a VP. And I really don't mean to jump on the Hill hating bandwagon, because in a way I think that's pretty lame in of itself, but this just sounds really weak.

  • March 1, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST


    by golden tribw

    fuck him

  • March 1, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Just a stepping stone for Jonah

    by darth_hideous

    After a failed directing career, he will probably move onto blogging movie reviews, which will eventually morph into a movie news site called ISN'T IT AWESOME NEWS

  • March 1, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST



    normally i'm all aboard the nepotism hating bandwagon. hollywood as we know it is only going to be filled with the offspring and relatives of all the existing stars, producers, directors or others already involved in the entertainment industry. it's a closed universe. no one gets 'discovered' anymore and when you hear about someone being discovered, you find out they are like the neice or nephew of someone. that's about as far as it gets from new blood. but i hadn't heard of jonah hill being a nepotism case- who's he related to? oh, and i did a shirt for involving zombies, aliens and vampires like 7 years ago, Jonah. bet you don't even remember buying it.

  • March 1, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    a cast of vampire teens directed by Jonah Hill

    by Tigger Tales

    Not currently on my must-see list.

  • March 1, 2011, 11:49 p.m. CST

    fat people

    by snookibaconmuffpie

    Isn't he too obese to direct this? What if he sits on one of the cast and crushes them or eats all the food a craft services and the crew s starves to death. Isn't this the same concern they had on harrys mars movie after he ate most of the sets and two actors

  • March 1, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST


    by TSTEWIE

    Jonah Hill is funny, but fuck if he isn't just as lucky if not more so. But that's the way it goes I guess. More power to him, hope "his first movie" is good. I'll see it in theaters.

  • March 1, 2011, 11:56 p.m. CST

    You're all Haters.. how does that make you feel?

    by Sicuv Uyall

    Just because you all look like Johah Hill but aren't 1/20'th as successful as him doesn't mean you need to be jealous. Wash off your hate.

  • March 1, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    I feel I should add...

    by TSTEWIE

    his aforementioned "luck" has nothing to do with the fact that he's Jewish. I'm referring to his alleged first meeting with Seth Rogan a couple days before his audition for THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN in a movie theater where he made a good impression on the actor/writer/producer/wunderkind. I love these dudes though, I got no beef. Just jealousy if I'm being honest.

  • March 2, 2011, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Maybe I have a weird sense of humor...

    by SebastianHaff

    But I think the funniest joke this movie could make would be to play the entire film straight. Like when Bubba Ho-Tep, a movie about Elvis and a senile old black guy who thinks he's JFK, teaming up to fight an evil Egyptian soul sucking mummy in an East Texas rest home, actually turned out to be a slowly paced character study about old age life's regrets, just dressed up in wackiness. Anyone can make another hipster zombie comedy, but to take a ridiculous concept, then actually make me fall for it, then make me genuinely care about the fate of its characters, takes real fucking talent.

  • March 2, 2011, 12:14 a.m. CST

    zombie TEENS and vampire TEENS: all so precious

    by kabong

    I'm already not going to see it.

  • March 2, 2011, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Teen Vamps = maximum suckage

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • March 2, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST

    he's getting in way over his head

    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick

    sounds like a big project, we'll see if he can pull this off. not to mention the movie version 21 jump st, there's a lot at stake right there

  • March 2, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Cause every two bit star should get to direct.

    by JuanSanchez

  • March 2, 2011, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Good luck to him

    by Happyfat73

    I'm always willing to give someone a chance at something new. The haters who populate this site just come across as bitter douchebags who only have one string in their own bows, and are judging others by their own miserable standards.</p> </p> A couple of years ago, who would have thought that Ben Affleck would turn out to be a pretty fuckin' great director? The mindset that some people have around here, rooting for failure, is just baffling to me. I hope that Jonah Hill proves all of the sad-sack haters wrong - not just to spite them, but because I'd rather see someone make a great film than a shitty one, any day.</p> </p> Until then, let's just wait and see.

  • March 2, 2011, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Vampires, Zombies, and Aliens? In one movie? Really?

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    Jesus Christ, does no one have a good idea anymore? I don't even care about Jonah Hill directing it, I'm still trying to get past this very juvenile idea for a movie.

  • March 2, 2011, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Who knows, this could be good?

    by lv_426

    Maybe they'll hit the Shaun of the Dead vibe and actually make a funny zombie movie. I do agree with those complaining about this though. I love zombie movies and fiction, but for the love of the shambling undead, they need to reign this in. At this point they need to do something serious and not so "wink wink look at my subgenre knowledge and mash-up brilliance". We need zombie films that move the genre forward, things like World War Z, Day by Day Armageddon, or maybe a completely original idea that doesn't have a gimmicky element attached to it nor is based on a zombie comic book or video game. The Walking Dead is the perfect example of this. Good well thought out storytelling about people dealing with the zompocalypse. Why is that so hard?

  • March 2, 2011, 1:01 a.m. CST

    dr. egon spengler

    by lv_426

    My brilliant idea: Ghosts vs. Demons vs. Poop Monsters vs. a Warlock (warlock to be played by Charlie Sheen) Can anyone say "winning" ?

  • March 2, 2011, 1:13 a.m. CST

    I hope it's better than Seth's solo material

    by hallmitchell

    The Green Hornet! Yeech!

  • March 2, 2011, 1:52 a.m. CST

    the script is actually really good

    by charlesbronsonLIVES

    it takes place in a world that's not exactly ours. yes, it's aware, but it's not like a tongue in cheek kind of thing. it actually reads like a fucking up cartoon. jonah fats is not the kind of director that should be tackling oren uziel's script. it really should be someone who has some serious commercial or fx work under their belt. not an actor itching to make the jump. also, that script is pretty damn funny. it's not a straight up horror/scifi thing.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Jonah Hill is a pretentious asshole

    by Jeremy Davis

    My brother in law works for US customs on the Canada border, he's gotten to meet a shit ton of stars. The one time he meet Jonah Hill he said he was the most arrogant duchebag to ever come through there. He refused to cooperate in anyway and was stupid enough to think he could bring his sack of weed with him into the U.S.. Needless to say his fat ass got strip searched.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:23 a.m. CST

    yeah that happened. It would be funny if true.

    by UltraTron

    The guy is definitely too dumb to know how to direct.

  • Or maybe I'm drunk. I actually saw Jonah at Conan at the old late show a couple years ago.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:28 a.m. CST

    who made Kitchen's Nightmare a game

    by ciroslive

    Gordon Ramsey vs. Jonah Hill in KITCHEN NIGHTMARES: The Game!!!

  • March 2, 2011, 2:36 a.m. CST


    by LastButNotLeastNinja

  • March 2, 2011, 2:52 a.m. CST

    And yes he's fat as fuck

    by _Venkman

  • March 2, 2011, 3:12 a.m. CST


    by Chang-A-Lang

    Hate to break it to you, but The Walking Dead was a comic book before it was on TV.

  • March 2, 2011, 3:36 a.m. CST

    All it's missing is Werewolfs, Witches, Ghouls, Robots

    by TheJudger

    and Atomic Super Monsters!!!! Fix it, please fix it. Fix it while you still can. Add them and it will be Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooold!!!!!

  • March 2, 2011, 4:38 a.m. CST

    obese people like harry and jonah

    by snookibaconmuffpie

    Are what's killing are health system. Just think of all the money spent on Harry because of his poor lifestyle choices.

  • March 2, 2011, 4:42 a.m. CST

    also fat ass people in rehab

    by snookibaconmuffpie

    Put down the fork and maybe eat a fucking apple and save taxpayers some money

  • March 2, 2011, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Obnoxious schmuck

    by DoctorZoidberg

    Can't add much to the insightful comments above. There isn't a Hill-Hating bandwagon, the guy just inspires average people to wonton acts of violence. I could give a half a corn-filled turd if this little prick died tomorrow. Unfortunately youth is on his side and we will need to endure him until he croaks from obesity/drugs or fades from the public eye. Hopefully he will just fade as I don't think I could stand the thought of a cult following after his death.

  • March 2, 2011, 5:42 a.m. CST

    RE: happyfat73

    by MakNeil

    You've got to admit that, while Ben Affleck appears to be a talented director (I haven't seen any of his work) you also have to admit that that synopsis of what Jonah Hill seems to be attempting is a bit ambitious for ANYONE, never mind a first time director. At the very best I imagine it's going to be a bunch of set pieces, barely linked by plot, logic, or anything else. Like a Len Wiseman film, only much, much worse. I don't care about Jonah Hill one way or the other, though I do think that this directing gig (if it happens) is coming for way left field.

  • March 2, 2011, 6:01 a.m. CST

    RE: tstewie

    by MakNeil

    Seth Rogan a "wunderkind?" Really? Admittedly the guy is funny (seemingly one-note, but funny) but a "wunderkind?" For some reason I don't see an Orson Welles when I look at him (especially not since he lost the weight for Green Hornet).

  • March 2, 2011, 6:26 a.m. CST

    You know what's amazing?

    by Bobo_Vision

    It's amazing that Charlie Sheen has never released a sex tape. How is that possible?

  • March 2, 2011, 6:45 a.m. CST


    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    That is amazing, actually. Just listened to his interview with Stern. He said putting anything on film (from the bedroom) is against his number one law/rule. Charlie doesn't need a sex tape though. He's already a badass.

  • March 2, 2011, 6:48 a.m. CST

    He IS a badass

    by Bobo_Vision

    He runs on rocket fuel and tiger's blood.

  • March 2, 2011, 6:56 a.m. CST


    by GrapeFruit

  • March 2, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST


    by The_Dark_Shite

    I don't think it's fat people who are "killing ARE health system".<p> What's killing your health system is a lack of prospective doctors. They keep failing their exams as soon as they're asked to spell the word "our". <p> I don't wanna be pedantic, but fuck me that's kindergarten stuff.

  • March 2, 2011, 7:37 a.m. CST

    I've met Hill a few times...

    by RobFromBackEast

    He's a fucking douchebag of the highest order. And it was in a professional capacity. That said, I think (on screen) he's a very funny guy and his ego is big enough to direct a film.

  • March 2, 2011, 7:44 a.m. CST

    It's weird that a few people have said he's a dick in real life.

    by The_Dark_Shite

    He's funny sometimes, but he can't act for shit. I always assumed he was in movies more or less as himself. Kinda like a fat, useless Sean Connery, with pubes growing out of his head.

  • March 2, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Try something original for once, hollywood!!!

    by alienindisguise

    Give someone with real talent a shot and not some fucking fat headed flavor of the month. This project sounds fucking retarded and is just piggybacking off every sorry ass trend that's going on in jew town at the moment.

  • March 2, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST


    by Graphix67

    Not a single whimper from AICN for a woman that shared the stage with Marilyn Monroe and was considered nearly as hot... Rest In Peace Jane: 1921-2011.

  • March 2, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Oh! THERE'S The Jane Russell Acknowledgment...

    by Graphix67

    Pic Of The Day... My apologies to AICN.

  • March 2, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    As long as the useless fat bastard is BEHIND the camera

    by Simon Butler

    it's a start. Lord knows he's about as funny as crabs.

  • March 2, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST


    by RobFromBackEast

    Well said, sir.

  • March 2, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST

    this one brother in law cupped Hill's balls.....

    by MacReady452

    ....a little too long. When Jonah called him a groping homo, bro in law abused his power,stole his weed and fingered his asshole. Who is the asshole in this story?

  • March 2, 2011, 8:24 a.m. CST

    fuck bryce dallas howard is directing a film too?!?!

    by Six Demon Bag

    balls on that! i wanna see the cinematic madness of clint howard directing skills.

  • March 2, 2011, 8:24 a.m. CST

    does he double seat on airplanes?

    by vulturess

    i didnt think so. amateur.

  • March 2, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST

    i'll say this about jonah hill


    i'll bet the area around his sack and ass crack smell horrendous, and are perpetually moist. i don't think that about all fat guys, but he looks the type.

  • March 2, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Zombie Spaceship Wasteland

    by Larrylongballs

  • March 2, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Zombot- that was the funniest post so far this year.

    by Larrylongballs

  • March 2, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    jonah hill prediction for 2012


    he will bring the 'front butt' into fashion like asthon kutcher (would like to think he) ushered in trucker caps. you heard it here first. sweaty, highwaisted front butts (with mooseknuckles optional) will be all the rage.

  • March 2, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    What a bunch of shit. He's getting this handed to him.

    by D.Vader

    Oh he's a cinephile? That's enough experience? His love of movies? Aren't all film directors cinephiles, really? Has he ever directed ANYTHING before? Shorts? Plays? Skits? Spec ads? *Anything* Sounds he is getting this handed to him on a silver platter rather than him actually developing a project for him to direct himself like every other actor/director.

  • March 2, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Hill is the next Aflac

    by MacReady452

    Not Ben the actor/director. I mean he will Gilbert Gottfried his career and end up doing voice work for insurance commercials.

  • March 2, 2011, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Is it too late to get in on the Jonah Hill hate?

    by moorE12

    Yes, he was incredibly annoying in Super bad, but he was great in Get Him to the Greek.

  • March 2, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    according to the Imdb he's directed

    by SantosLHalper

    nothing. not even a short. though he has written, he wrote 21 Jump ST. good luck hollywood.

  • March 2, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    NO, wait. He's directed

    by SantosLHalper

    food to his mouth

  • March 2, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST everyones logic...

    by MacReady452

    Clint Eastwood and Mel Gibson and others can just fuck right off cause they never directed a short or anything before they acted? Me say....FUCK YOUR LOGIC.

  • March 2, 2011, 10:24 a.m. CST

    mel had 15 years to study fellow directors

    by SantosLHalper

    and he started off with directing a slow moving drama instead of a huge gore/makeup movie that evan sam raimi would struggle with.

  • March 2, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Nah Mac, not like that

    by D.Vader

    Mel and Eastwood, I believe, shepherded their first projects from the beginning as being a vehicle they could direct. It wasn't like someone wrote a script and a company was like "Hey, let's get Jonah Hill to direct this!" which is what it sounds like. As far as I know, Hill has no connection to the writer. Its not like Bryce Dallas Howard, who is going to direct her first feature as well, but directed a short in 2006 (that she co-wrote) and also co-wrote the feature script.

  • March 2, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    LOL, zombot, my friend refers to the 'front butt' as a 'gunt'


    Jonah Hill, rockin' the gunt!

  • LOL! Why Sean Connery?

  • March 2, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST

    he'll play Curly in 3 Stooges 2012

    by Anakin_Piecocker

    mark my words.

  • March 2, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Sacha Baron Cohen believes in him.

    by Yeah I Wrote That

  • Kind of like Overnight.

  • March 2, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    and American Movie


  • March 2, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    liecocker, if you're right, I'ma Kill People!


  • March 2, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    I'm confused where's the horror?

    by Anakin_Piecocker

    I see sci-fi, could see comedy. But zombies or vampires doesn't equel horror, is there a threat that they impose? they sound like they're adjusted to a society that allows them to marry and produce children that grow to become teenagers. maybe the alien invasion is very brutal and taken seriously? still sounds silly to me.

  • March 2, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Speaking of comic/horror semi-vanity projects, whatever happened...

    by WriteForTheEdit Rogen and McLovin's "two dudes vs. the end-of-times apocalypse" movie? I actually thought that might be worth watching, late one night, really drunk...

  • March 2, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    BTW, "gunt" is genius.

    by WriteForTheEdit

  • March 2, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST


    by Anakin_Piecocker

    that's seth and jay vs the apoclypse i think is still on

  • March 2, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST


    by j_difool

  • March 2, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST


    by WriteForTheEdit

    I hope so. And actually, I think Jonah would make a better "Larry" in the Stooges movie.

  • March 2, 2011, noon CST

    Zombot. Your post will haunt my nightmares.

    by v3d

    But I did laugh out loud at that. Well done sir.

  • March 2, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    Wht does this remind me of Idle Hands..the movie that

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    tried to be hip, wacky, scary....although it's hard to go wrong with an undead Seth Green.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Well whatever it takes to keep that hideous fuck behind the camera

    by Andy Pandy

    Seriously Jonah's got a face for radio as they say.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Really don't like Hill

    by Jaster

    And I completely dissagree a massive effects film is ideal for his first stab at directing. I think it's generally understood that a smallish drama is the best way to go for a first outing unless you have experience in 2nd unit or doing commercials or TV. Jonah Hill has experience getting stoned and acting like a jackass.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Invasion of the XenoZomPires from Uranus

    by lv_426

    There you go Hollywood. I combined three movie monsters (aliens, zombies, and vampires) into one single creature. Plus, no one has used Uranus as a location in a film before. Plenty of opportunity for toiled humor here.

  • March 2, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Maybe this will finish him...

    by Jeditemple

    I'm ready to see him fall hard and fail utterly. Die, you talentless, fat hack.

  • March 2, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST


    by buggerbugger

    So we get to see Jonah Hill's tits instead of Mathilda May's? And in 3D?

  • March 2, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    It's gonna be good.

    by MainMan2001

    I like Hill. His done some cool movies even if they are a little uneven. Who cares?! It's better then 90% of the shit out there. I also, think East Bound & Down is fucking brilliant and look at them as EPIC EPIC MOVIES!

  • March 2, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    the_choppah ..Sean Connery..

    by The_Dark_Shite

    Was a reference to the fact that Hill always seems to play himself. <p> I wouldn't ordinarily put him in the same sentence as the HUGE leg end that is Sir Sean. <p> The comments that were specific to Hill, were "fat" "useless" & "pubes". I would stand by those comments in a court of law too!

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