Warner Bros. has picked up a spec script written by Josh Cagan and Greg Coolidge, for their comedy tentatively titled Dirty Old Men. Morgan Freeman is attached to star and executive produce with Peter Segal(Get Smart/50 First Dates) eyeing to direct. The studio is looking to have Freeman's Bucket List co-star Jack Nicholson to star opposite Freeman. Nicholson is aware, but not attached to the project.
The story revolves around an aging playboy who finally meets the love of his life, but his best friend and wingman for the past 40 years, to be played by Freeman, does everything to break up the new couple.
The comic scribes first brought the idea of Dirty Old Men to Revelations, which developed the project further and enlisted Segal. The team then brought it to Warners, where Revelations is based. Freeman's producing partner Lori McCreary, will produce through the duo's Revelations banner, along with Segal and his producing partner Michael Ewing through Callahan Filmworks.
I'm a more than a little weary of writers, who are buddies through their six-man writing troupe the Job Factory. Cagan wrote Summit's Bandslam, and Coolidge is responsible for writing and directing Employee of the Month, the comic atrocity which starred Dane Cook and Jessica Simpson. The spec is described as having a tone in the vein of Wedding Crashers and The 40-Year-Old Virgin-- not a good sign when you have to name two hit comedies that are completely different in tone, "Yeah those well done comedies that made a ton of money... it's like those." It's a little hard for me to buy.
I'm torn with Peter Segal as well, as he's been hit and miss with me. I'm hoping he does a good job adapting DC Comics' Shazam!.
What do you think of Dirty Old Men so far?