Apatow’s Next Film Has Release Date (but No Title, Description, or Stars)

Thursday, October 28, 2010
By Kevin Crossman

Judd Apatow’s next film doesn’t have an announced title or description, but it does have a release data according to Deadline.

Judd Apatow is on the clock for the next comedy he’ll write, produce and direct. Universal has set a June 1, 2012 release date for an untitled film Apatow is writing right now. Aside from his prolific output as writer/producer, Apatow has made all three of his directing vehicles for Universal: The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Funny People. The first two were big hits and while Apatow took his first critical brickbats for the latter, he’s among a handful of smart writer/directors you want to watch evolve as a filmmaker.

Judd Apatow

Judd Apatow

No other details have been previously announced, though Apatow did mention in an interview with Marc Maron that he has a speaking part for an actor (or, perhaps, a character) named Paul Rudd.  Could Rudd be playing the lead in an Apatow production for the first time? Seems likely…

After the middling box office returns for Funny People, it would appear that the next project seems commercial viable, or Universal wouldn’t lock in a prime summer release date. Then again, summer 2012 is a ways off so who know what will change.

8 Responses to “Apatow’s Next Film Has Release Date (but No Title, Description, or Stars)”

  1. Rick

    First week of June is the prime spot. Knocked Up, Break-Up & Hangover all succeeded there, Get Him to the Greek had some mild success in the same weekend.

  2. Chris

    Yeah, June is the right time to do it. The biggest films of the 2012 summer will be The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and the Spiderman reboot and they are not near this date.

    I personally would like to see Judd create another star, like he did with the 40 Year old virgin(Steve Carell) and Knocked Up(seth rogen). But I am a huge Paul Rudd fan, so I would definitely like to see him in the lead role. Hopefully this one is less drama also. I thought Knocked Up with the perfect combo of comedy and drama. Funny People was too much drama. But I would love to see another straight forward raunchy w/ heart comedy like the 40YOV.

  3. Benjamin

    Sweet! I loved all of apatows directorial features, loved seeing his evolution as a director in Funny People. The way it was shot was miles better than virgin. I’m excited. Apatow is the only reason I got Year One on DVD, he’s one of my favourite people hahaha

  4. Al

    I agree with Chris. Funny People was more like a drama with some funny moments. I notice a lot of comedies seem to be doing that as though the actors want to show their range (although it’s not completely up to them obviously). If I had gone to see it expecting a drama, I would probably have enjoyed the movie more. While it had some drama, Superbad was overwhelmingly comedic. I want more movies like that.

    I hope Apatow has been working on this for a while because I’d hate for them to rush him with a release date that would result in a less polished movie.

  5. Rick

    I’d like to see Apatow make a movie for Bill Hader (whose SNL contract would be up in 2012.)

  6. Al

    I agree. Bill Hader needs a career after SNL. I’d hate to see him fall by the wayside.

  7. michael

    can’t wait to see what it is but i would loved to see david krumholtz get some screentime not so much so like the lead actor but like a supporting actor he is super funny


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