Normally I couldn’t care less about Universal just scheduling its next Judd Apatow movie. But The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up studio is making a big deal about this because it’s angry over Sony Picture’s recent announcement that execs have Apatow whipped and chained to the Thalberg building through this decade.
How I love these Hollywood studio catfights!
Uni’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, another romantic disaster comedy from producer/ director /writer Apatow, will come out May 30, 2008, and reunites members of Apatow’s “officially unofficial” repertory company including Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. Apatow will only be producing. Sony, meanwhile, announced earlier this week that it’s locked in Jack Black on the Apatow production Year One. Sony also has the Apatow-produced Pineapple Express from Judd’s buddy Seth Rogen coming out August 8, 2008. And it boasts the Apatow produced and co-written country music send-up Walk Hard as well as the Adam Sandler vehicle You Don’t Mess With The Zohan which Apatow is co-writing. Then there is Sony’s Step Brothers which Apatow is producing for Will Farrell and John C. Reilly. This is all in addition to the Apatow produced Superbad, which Sony is releasing this summer on August 17th. Of course, Amy Pascal is a moth to the flame of anyone that’s hot. But it also pays off for Apatow’s manager Jimmy Miller to vacation at the same Big Island hotel as her. Meanwhile, Paramount has Drillbit Taylor from Apatow Productions. Is it any wonder that CAA has a virtual bounty on the head of UTA clients Apatow and all his comedy wheel protégées?