While the first script that Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg wrote together, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, had what it took to not only get produced, but also become a stoner comedy smash hit and the start of a film franchise, their subsequent work together has seen a law of diminishing returns as far as the laugh factor is concerned. After the first Harold & Kumar they were tapped to both write and direct a sequel, Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay, write and produce a trilogy-capper A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, and write and direct the most recent entry in the American Pie abomination, American Reunion.
Other than with the obvious exception of Waffle Bot in A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, these movies have arguably been void of any funny jokes, and were certainly nowhere near as funny as the first Harold & Kumar movie, so what’s it going to take to get some more chuckles out of two guys who have shown they can produce them in the past? Maybe getting them out of the soul-sucking routine of producing studio sequels will do the trick. Or, at least, that’s what producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg seem to be hoping, because Deadline is reporting that they’ve just hired them to direct a currently untitled teen sex comedy that used to called Cherries.
The screenplay this project is being built around originally came from another screenwriting duo, brothers Jim and Brian Kehoe (The Hand Job), and it puts an interesting twist on a pretty classic teenage sex story. While the film’s narrative gets set into motion with the fairly rote trope of a group of teenagers making a pact that they’ll all lose their virginities on prom night, this time around it’s a group of three girls who are making the pact, and the main characters are their three fathers, who find out about the plan and make a pact of their own to do whatever they can to stop it.
This sounds like the sort of story that would have attracted actors like Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson a couple of years ago, but recently their position in the comedy world has become a bit diminished due to a string of duds, so it should be interesting to see who Hurwitz and Schlossberg come up with to make up their trio. Rob Corddry seems to be on the rise lately. Perhaps a little Craig Robinson in order to capitalize on the success of Rogen and Goldberg’s This is the End? Who else is funny and right around 40?
Whichever way they go, casting is likely to start soon. Hurwitz and Schlossberg are said to currently be doing a pass over the Kehoe’s script in order to get it ready to go into production early next year.