EXCLUSIVE: Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow are abruptly dropping out of Bad Moms, the R-rated comedy that will be directed by The Hangover writing team of Jon Lucas & Scott Moore. Mann was set to star and Apatow to produce; they are married and planned to do this together and sources close to them said that the picture wasn’t going to make the window they had carved into their schedule. It was a tight squeeze that necessitated the picture starting by July 12. The comedy package was unveiled late April by Bill Block, his first big project since forming Block Entertainment with Raj Brinder Singh’s Merced Capital and Kevin Frakes’ PalmStar Media Capital.
Bad Moms took off like a shot; Paramount Pictures quickly signed on for domestic rights, and Block sold out all foreign territories at Cannes, including Constantin in Germany, Entertainment Film Distributor in the UK, Roadshow Films in Australia, Entertainment One in Canada, Dutch Filmworks in Benelux, Freeman/Monolith/Blitz in Eastern Europe, Gulf Film in Middle East, Ascot Elite in Switzerland and United King in Israel. Plot details leaked out during that sales effort, and Mann was to play an overworked and exhausted mother who joins forces with two other “bad moms” to challenge the helicopter parents that rule over their kids’ school.
Block intends to keep those pieces together and said that the movie is still going full speed ahead, casting up to stay on its summer start date. “Judd helped take the script to the next level and we’re in a stronger and better place for his involvement,” Block said.