You gotta wonder how many pitch meetings since last summer have started with “It’s The Hangover meets…” In this case the retirees are getting in on the action because that sentence ends with Grumpy Old Men.
According to Vulture, CBS films (who are currently pretty PO’d about the online leak of The Back-Up Plan) are scrambling to get some movies in the pipeline and they’re hoping to score a hit with a comedy about geriatrics getting down and dirty in sin city. (It’s not really that far off the mark – I know few people who liked to drink and cause a scene as much as my Grandpa did). The good news is that the offer has just gone out to Jack Nicholson to star, and it’s fairly safe to say he’s already done the research.
LASt Vegas (not a typo), penned by Dan Fogelman, follows four estranged childhood friends as they reunite in Vegas for the wedding of Billy (the Nicholson role), the lifelong bachelor playboy of the group who’s finally ready to settle down. But alas, the course of true love never did run smooth, and good ol’ Billy ends up falling for an irresistible Vegas lounge singer – the very same one his friend Paddy has his eye on. Conflict – and hopefully hilarity – ensues.
The roles of the other three golden-agers have yet to be cast but some of the names being thrown around include Morgan Freeman, Richard Jenkins, and Gene Hackman. Sounds good, but last we heard (and correct me if I’m wrong here) Morgan Freeman was attached to Dirty Old Men, a Warner Bros project said to be very similar, and one they were hoping to get Nicholson on board for. Time will tell I suppose.
As far as Jack goes, he hasn’t appeared on screen since 2008’s The Bucket List, and he’s most recently been working on How Do You Know, a James L. Brooks comedy where he stars alongside Reese Witherspoon and Owen Wilson.
Here’s hoping he takes the Vegas role. It’s been too long since we’ve seen him inebriated, bare-assed, and cracking Viagra jokes.
What do you think?