According to both Cinematical and Vulture, Paul Rudd (star of such modern comedy classics as “Knocked Up” and “The 40 Year Old Virgin”) will be teaming up with Zach Galifianakis (star of what is arguably the most overrated and successful comedy of 2009, “The Hangover”) in “Will,” a new film written by comedian Demetri Martin.
High expectations for this venture don’t seem unreasonable; Rudd is a seasoned veteran of the Apatow-related sub-genre of comedies that’s sprung up in recent years and Zach Galifianakis is the man whose breakout role in “The Hangover” helped to carry the film’s enormous financial success and was easily its funniest component.
Another excuse to be optimistic about “Will” is that it’s set to be directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, the two behind 2006′s surprise hit and Oscar-winner “Little Miss Sunshine.”
The writer, Demetri Martin, is a bit of an anomaly. Last year, he starred in Ang Lee‘s tepid “Taking Woodstock” and is the current host of “Important Things with Demetri Martin” on Comedy Central. The latter has done fairly well and seems to suggest he’s a capable writer.
The premise of the film is eerily reminiscent in terms of flavor of Ricky Gervais‘ divisive comedy “The Invention of Lying” from this past year: “Rudd will play an ordinary man (as always) who lives in a world where free will doesn’t exist. The lives and destinies of every human being are scripted by scribes in Heaven. One day, Rudd’s writer (Galifianakis) quits, leaving Rudd to go about his day unscripted. A magical journey of destiny and hidden potential unfolds” (Cinematical).
Even so, it’s still got a lot of talent involved and will be a point of interest for some time.
And there’s always the danger of material-emasculating studio interference, but let’s hope the producers (Will Ferrell and Adam McKay) put some faith in their two stars – both of whom have contributed to some of the biggest comedy hits of the last few years – and leave this one untampered.