‘Little Fockers’ Details Emerge

Sunday, August 23, 2009
By Kevin Crossman
Ben Stiller in Meet the Parents

Ben Stiller in Meet the Parents

The third film in the Fockers saga is still coming together despite the studio attaching the Ben Stiller sequel to a Summer 2010 release date. Now, MTV has details of the film with an interview with the film’s director, Chris Weitz (Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant).  Little Fockers is supposedly set for a July 30, 2010 release, though that’s a surprise to Weitz.

“Oh really? I don’t know anything about that. That’s news to me. That’s good to know… no [one had told me], but they can release it whenever they want… I don’t know when it would be in theaters.”

Weitz then described the plot of the threequel to Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers, scripted by John Hamburg.

“It’s Ben Stiller, Bob De Niro, Owen Wilson. They’ve all moved on with their lives and at the beginning of the movie, Greg and Kevin — Ben and Owen’s characters –- are in a good place,” Weitz said of the plot. “Ben has earned [De Niro's character] Jack’s respect, and it’s about no matter how you’ve moved ahead in your life, there’s still anxiety and insecurity around the corner for you.”

Weitz also confirmed that Teri Polo would be appearing as Pam, but when it came to Stiller’s parents, played in 2004’s “Meet the Fockers” by Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand, he said he wasn’t certain that the duo were returning. “Everyone’s in talks,” he said of those two names. “I don’t really know.”

“At the end of the last one they were getting married, and in this one [Stiller] has a couple 5 year olds. They have 5 year-old twins,” Weitz said of the title. “This was an opportunity to work with a bunch of actors who I think are fantastic; it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.”

Really, a larger role for Owen Wilson is the only reason I’m keeping up my hope for this movie. And as much as I enjoyed Hoffman and Streisand in Fockers, a few less characters is probably a good thing. As for the twins, I could see that going either way. With filming expected to start in the Fall, I’m sure we’ll hear more about Little Fockers soon.

Speaking of Ben Stiller acting with a different generation, a video was recently posted with Stiller teaching Mickey Rooney (Night at the Museum) about Twitter.  Funny stuff.

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