Unlike the bulk of child actors who generally grow into having unfortunate adult lives full of addiction and infamy, Fred Savage has transitioned from being the adorable little tyke in things like The Princess Bride and The Wonder Years into being a television director who works regularly and keeps himself out of the tabloids. You’ve got to think that anyone who can handle being handed money and fame at that young of an age without going off the rails probably has a pretty good head on his shoulders, so it makes sense that Savage should now be getting the opportunity to helm his own feature film.
What kind of feature film is he getting the opportunity to direct? Glad you asked. THR is reporting that he’s currently in negotiations to take over a comedy called Ladies Night that has Charlize Theron attached to star as well as produce. Seeing as we’re living in a post-Bridesmaids world, Ladies Night is, of course, being described as a Bridesmaids-esque comedy about a woman who, deciding her boyfriend is never going to commit, has one last night of drunken debauchery with her lady friends before she uproots her life and starts over in New York City.
Given Theron’s success playing a similarly confused character in Jason Reitman’s Young Adult and Savage’s experience directing more than a handful of episodes of legitimately funny shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Party Down, and Phil of the Future, you have to look at this one as having a lot of potential to be downright hilarious. Well, until you factor in that it’s coming from a script by That’s My Boy writer David Caspe, then it starts to look a little less promising. That was an Adam Sandler movie though. You can’t hold Sandler over a guy’s head. He probably made a dump truck full of money for writing that filth. He’s also the creator of Happy Endings, and people seem to like that show well enough, right?
At the very least, we know that if Savage officially signs on as director and gets his hands on the script, he’ll make sure to cut out any of the boring kissing parts.