Danny McBride’s particular brand of humor seems to be one of those “love it or hate it” forms of entertainment. Some people watch what he does on Eastbound and Down and laugh hysterically, others just shake their head at it with a look of disapproval on their faces. So when Deadline Dragør breaks the news that he’s going to be starring in a new film that has the tagline, “two men and a 13-year old boy embark on an R-rated vacation,” you can probably guess how you’re going to react to it already. Those of you who will be disgusted should probably just move on to the next article, but for those of you who feel like such a film would tickle your funny bone, read on.
Klovn is a Danish TV show turned feature that follows the misadventures of two characters named Casper and Frank. In the original film version they’re all set to go on a canoeing trip that they’re calling the “tour de pussy” when the bad news hits that Frank’s girlfriend is pregnant. Fearing that Frank is a total nincompoop who can’t take care of a kid, she wants to terminate the pregnancy. This doesn’t jibe with Frank’s sensibilities, however, so they strike a deal that if he can take her 11-year-old son along on the canoeing trip and not have any mishaps, then they can keep the new baby. This, of course, is a flawed plan, because the canoeing trip is planned not to be a chance to commune with nature, but as a chance to commune with pussy. The plan is so flawed, in fact, that they’ve even stated up front that they’re upping the kid’s age from 11 to 13 for the US version.
Warner Bros. has acquired the remake rights to Klovn, which translates in English to Clown, so that McBride can both write the new version and star in it. The Hangover director Todd Phillips is also on board, but only in a producing capacity. Seeing as McBride’s HBO series Eastbound and Down is just about to go on hiatus, he’s expected to get to work on the script immediately.
Is it too early to start hoping that Steve Little can come on board to play the best friend, Casper?