Hilarity Ensues: Bill Hader, Greg Mottola Adapting ‘Dog of the South’

Greg Mottola and Bill Hader go from Adventureland to Dog of the South.

Earlier in the morning, I got a chance to sit down with Adventureland personnel Bill Hader and Greg Mottola who talked about everything from fake mustaches to how to get good music in your film (round table interview forthcoming), but a little bit of news slipped out. Not only did Mottola remind me that the Coen Brothers were remaking True Grit – he announced to the room that he and Hader had optioned another Charles Portis novel – “The Dog of the South.”

For those who haven’t read the book, it is a hilarious, wandering account of a man in search of his wife (who has run off with another man). It’s definitely a shaggy dog story that loses its own way only to find it somewhere else and to head in a new direction. The main character Ray Midge is a simple man who becomes awash in a journey filled with the weird and fascinating entities. He’s also joined by the possibly crazy Dr. Reo Symes as they create a sort of harmless, less-drug-addled version of Hunter S. Thompson and Dr. Gonzo.

Mottola and Hader are both talented at creating funny R-rated comedy that have enough depth and heart-felt moments, so they actually seem like a strong pair to bring the story to life on the big screen. At this point, it’s unclear what roles each will play in the adaptation – whether they will write it, direct or star in it is unknown, and all options are on the table. Although, it’s a pretty safe bet that Mottola won’t be jumping in front of the camera.

I wonder if the Coens would consider trading and letting Mottola and Hader tackle True Grit…we might end up with Hader wearing an eye patch and a fake mustache.

What do you think?

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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