Johnny Knoxville And Patton Oswalt Go Camping!
Here's two actors I never thought I'd see together in a movie. Director Todd Rohal (Sundance's THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM) has cast Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt in an untitled comedy as two feuding brothers who decide to put aside their differences for their sick father by taking a group of boys on a camping trip that goes south very quickly. The film will also star Rob Riggle, Maura Tierney, and Patrice O'Neal. David Gordon Green is executive producing.
I'm an unabashed fan of the JACKASS films and series, and of course Patton Oswalt and his comedy as well - hell, his performance in BIG FAN is amazing - but these two definitely come from two different places in comedy so I'm very curious to see how this pans out. And these two in charge of a bunch of kids on a camping trip? This could be cloyingly sweet, or full of molestation humor. Or maybe we'll get sweet molestation humor. I hear Oswalt's really good in Jason Reitman's new film YOUNG ADULT, and I look forward to seeing it. I saw his stand-up live a few years back and he's proven that he can do both comedy and drama equally well. As for Knoxville, he's always had a lot of charisma and I've wanted to see him break out of JACKASS - at least before he gets himself seriously hurt. Rohal's film begins production this week.
Here's the press release:
JOHNNY KNOXVILLE AND PATTON OSWALT HEAD INTO THE WOODS FOR TODD ROHAL'S UNTITLED COMEDY
LATEST FILM FROM THE PRODUCERS OF OUR IDIOT BROTHER & THE SITTER
(New York, NY) -- August 22nd, 2011 -- Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt have signed on to co-star in Todd Rohal's latest, an outlandish yet poignant comedy about a pair of battling brothers who attempt to honor their ailing father by taking a troop of boys on a last ditch camping trip that goes wildly wrong. The film marks the first time comedic foils Knoxville and Oswalt will be sharing the big screen. Joining the team for the ensemble comedy are Rob Riggle, Maura Tierney & Patrice O'Neal.
The still untitled film is written and will be directed by emerging comedic auteur Todd Rohal, hot on the heels of the Sundance success of his second feature film, THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM. The film, which is loosely based on Rohal's experiences growing up, begins production this week.
The film is being financed by Marc Turtletaub's and Peter Saraf's Big Beach Films. Turtletaub, Saraf and Lisa Muskat are producing, David Gordon Green is executive producing, and Michael Clark and John Hodges will oversee production for Big Beach.
"Todd looks at the world through a different set of lenses than the rest of us, and yet his vision managers to be simultaneously unique and universal," Saraf said. "I think that's because his humor, while twisted at times, is fundamentally compassionate and truthful. The combination of Todd with this hilariously amazing cast is going to make for an exciting ride, and we're tightening our seatbelts."
After co-creating the massively successful "Jackass" franchise (which ultimately spawned three theatrical films) in 2000, Knoxville has starred in a number of feature films, including MEN IN BLACK II, LORDS OF DOGTOWN, THE DUKES OF HAZZARD, THE RINGER, WALKING TALL and John Waters' A DIRTY SHAME. Knoxville's production company, Dickhouse Productions, which he co-owned with Spike Jonze and Jeff Tremaine, has produced all iterations of "Jackass," as well as the acclaimed documentaries THE WILD AND WONDERFUL WHITES OF WEST VIRGINIA and THE BIRTH OF BIG AIR.
Widely regarded as one of the best and most transgressive stand-up comedians of the last decade, Oswalt has released four hit comedy albums, the last of which, "My Weakness is Strong" in 2009, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Small roles in Paul Thomas Anderson's MAGNOLIA, Milos Forman's MAN ON THE MOON and Todd Phillips' STARSKY & HUTCH led to Oswalt's breakout leading roles as the voice of Remy in the hit Pixar film RATATOUILLE and Robert Siegel's acclaimed Sundance drama BIG FAN, for which Oswalt received a Gotham Award nomination for Breakthrough performance. For the last three seasons, Oswalt starred on Showtime's Emmy-nominated "The United States of Tara." This Fall, he will appear in A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS and Jason Reitman's YOUNG ADULT with Charlize Theron and Patrick Wilson. His latest one-hour special "Finest Hour" debuts on Showtime on September 5th, with the CD/audio available September 20th on Comedy Central Records.
Big Beach is one of the leading indie film production companies. The Weinstein Company is releasing the Big Beach-produced OUR IDIOT BROTHER across the country on August 26th.
Todd Rohal, Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswald are repped by CAA. Patton is managed by Generate and Knoxville is managed by 3 Arts.
ABOUT TODD ROHAL
Todd Rohal wrote and directed The Guatemalan Handshake in 2006, which he theatrically self-distributed around the world with a single 35mm print. He participated in the Sundance Institute's Screenwriter's lab in 2009 and has collaborated on music videos and DVD projects with filmmakers Cory McAbee, Jeff Krulik and the band Ola Podrida.
Todd's latest film, THE CATECHISM CATCALYSM, an absurdist buddy movie about a disillusioned priest, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and is being released theatrically by IFC Films in October 2011.
ABOUT BIG BEACH
Founded in 2004 by Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf, Big Beach is a New York-based company that produces and finances independent films, documentaries and works for stage. Big Beach strives to create meaningful, life-affirming projects that inspire, engage and entertain. Big Beach's most recent release is Sam Mendes' AWAY WE GO, written by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida and starring Maya Rudolph and John Krasinkski, which hit theaters in June 2009 and was distributed by Focus Features. Also in 2009, Overture Films released Christine Jeff's SUNSHINE CLEANING based on an original script by Megan Holley and starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt. The film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
Big Beach's third release of 2009 was John Crowley's IS ANYBODY THERE? starring Michael Caine and Bill Milner. Produced with David Heyman and co-financed by BBC Films, the film World Premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival. In 2007, Big Beach produced CHOP SHOP, written and directed by Ramin Bahrani, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was released by Koch Lorber Entertainment. In 2006, Big Beach's LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE was a critical and box office sensation following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it sold to Fox Searchlight. The dramatic comedy was written by Michael Ardnt and directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The film was nominated for Four Academy Awards including Best Picture, and won two (Original Screenplay and Supporting Actor).
Also in 2006, IFC and Red Envelope Entertainment released Big Beach's SHERRYBABY, written and directed by Laurie Collyer and Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film, which also premiered at that year's Sundance Film Festival, garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Gyllnenhaal. Collyer was also nominated for Breakthrough Director at the 2006 Gotham Awards.
Liev Schrieber's EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED, adapted from the best-selling novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, was released in 2005 through Warner Independent Pictures. Also released in 2005 was DUANE HOPWOOD, written and directed by Matt Mulhern. The film premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and was released by IFC the following fall.
Big Beach's first legit production was Mike Birbiglia's one-man Off-Broadway show, SLEEPWALK WITH ME, which ran in New York City from November 2008 through June 2009. Mike Birbiglia's performance was nominated for several awards including the Drama Desk, Lucielle Lortel and Outer Critics Circle.
Big Beach is currently in development on a musical version of the 2006 film LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE with music and lyrics by William Finn and a book written by James Lapine.
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Aug. 22, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST
Aug. 22, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST
I LOVE HIM ON 'KING OF QUEENS'. stanked.
Aug. 22, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST
Or "Deliverance II: Sons of Piggy"
Aug. 22, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST
That is so, so gross.
Aug. 22, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST
and they did it with Ernest Borgnine.
Aug. 22, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST
Both Knoxville and Oswalt have worked with and know veteran character actor and comedian Wes Johnson. Coincidence? I think not...
Aug. 22, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST
by Killdozers Evil Twin Brother
so he can do another Pixar film or something? This sounds awful. I really wish Patton the best, but this seems like a bad move that he wouldn't make on his own if there weren't a twinkie tied to a stick.
Aug. 22, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST
Aug. 22, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST
is the funniest person in America. I saw him do stand up a few months ago, and I've never seen a group of people laugh so hard. I've loved his comedy for years, and hopefully this is the start of him becoming way more culturally significant. I couldn't be happier.
Aug. 22, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST
Knoxville = comedy dogshit. This is a strange pairing. kevin James would be a better choice as Patton's bro.
Aug. 22, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST
I sense scenes of people falling and going "Whooooooaaaaaaaaa!!" Possibly someone will wind up in a port-a-john. An animal will attack someone. It will be cgi and it'll look terrible.
Aug. 22, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST
Heard about a movie where older guys go camping with little boys, and immediatly popped a raging boner.
Aug. 22, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST
by Brannagins Law
I don't consider anything the Jackasses did as acting.
Aug. 22, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST
means you're gay. GAY FOR BONERS.
Aug. 22, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST
has the screen seen such hilarity and hijinks!" Johnny Knoxville is NOT an actor no matter how many times he's appeared on screen, and the premise sounds like a Eddie Murphy discard.
Aug. 22, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST
To tee balls hitting your nuts. J. Knoxville was in MIB:2 and Dukes of Hazards so he IS an actor. And how come no love for Pattons work on Reno 911:Miami?
Aug. 22, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST
Johnny Knoxville can suck it. Never though Fatton Oswalt was funy, either...but Patrice is hilarious.
Aug. 22, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST
Also Maura Tierney was on News Radio, so she is cool, too.
Aug. 22, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST
Emily Blunt is hot.
Aug. 22, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST
by Pvt. Duke
Aug. 22, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST
If ‘Kazaam’ is any indication. All movies can be improved by the addition of a rapping genie.
Aug. 22, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST
and The Ringer and Walking Tall among others. What he did on screen was NOT acting. It was....appearing onscreen.
Aug. 22, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST
No idea who Patton Oswalt is (and frankly it sounds made up), but any movie where Knoxville goes camping with a bunch of kids is destined to a) contain pedophiliac undertones, and b) be pure excrement. I can't stand those Jackass fags btw...every one of them tries relentlessly to impress Johnny Knoxville. Reminds me of the way Jason Newstead always seemed desperate to gain James Hetfield's approval whenever they did joint interviews, but I disgress. In summary: fuck Johnny Knoxville, fuck this shitheadedly lame, tired and creepy idea for a movie and might as well extend a heartfelt "fuck Harry!" too for the trifecta.
Aug. 22, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST
by Teddy Artery
The Great Outdoors
Aug. 22, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST
by Teddy Artery
Something wrong here, AIC.com coders!
Aug. 22, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST
by Teddy Artery
...in the comment section.
Aug. 22, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST
by Shut the Fuck up Donny
Aug. 22, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST
Very funny guy. Worked with him a bunch of times over the last 7 or 8 years. If he wasn't such a complete and utter asshole he'd have been way more famous by now.
Aug. 22, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST
then he wouldn't be Patrice O'Neal, and he wouldn't be hilarious. Being famous is easy, Kim Kardashian can do that--being a brilliantly funny social commentator like Patrice is hard, and isn't meant to bring fame. What'd you work with him on? Who are you?!?!
Aug. 22, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST
Aug. 22, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST
these 2 guys.
Aug. 22, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST
in crap movies, people air out your rage on David Cross who was in the Alvin & the Chipmunk movies. David.... Why?
Aug. 22, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST
Aug. 22, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST
Then why did it take countless taunting posts and arguments to finally get you guys to include any Ryan Dunn obit? <P> No AICN staffer gets to claim Jackass fandom. You guys fucked that pooch. <P> This sounds pretty funny already btw.
Aug. 23, 2011, 1:18 a.m. CST
Aug. 23, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
cameo by Robin Williams.
Aug. 23, 2011, 8:27 a.m. CST
by John Baker
Suck my American dick you yellow buck toothed (or fanged) marvel comic asian stereotype. I hope you trip over your child who is on their way home from the sweatshop and crack your head open against your 4 x 4 foot apartment wall. Peddle your scam bullshit elsewhere...
Aug. 23, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST
role Spence Olchin on King of Queens?
Aug. 23, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
Everything this guy touches in the world of comedy seems to fail in every respect. Even my friends who love every stupid Apatow stoner comedy movie dislike Green's stuff. He needs to do something else. It doesn't need to be going back to dramas about hicks, but he needs to accept defeat in the realm of lowbrow comedy.
Aug. 23, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST
Gotta love Deliverence
Aug. 23, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST
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