Things seem to finally be coming together quite nicely for the long troubled comedy Neighborhood Watch. After a period of uncertainty where it was having trouble getting financed, it now has two big name comedic actors signed on to star in Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. Sure, they may not be the freshest faces in Hollywood, and they might have been even bigger names a few years ago, but they’ve got a couple of in-the-now screenwriters, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, to take a pass at and freshen up the long gestating script they’re working with. Plus, they’ve got an up and coming voice in The Lonely Island’s Akiva Schaffer to direct. After failing as a Will Ferrell vehicle, Neighborhood Watch might be set up to be the most relevant things that Stiller and Vaughn have done in a while.
One sign that a film is really going full steam ahead in its production is when it starts filling out its supporting cast, and this one seems to be doing that right now. In the last day or so there have been several stories popping up about new faces being added. The first rumor, and the one that’s most likely, is that according to Heat Vision, Rachel Getting Married actress Rosemarie DeWitt is close to signing on as Stiller’s wife. If you remember the synopsis of this one, Stiller plays a city boy who is forced to move out to the boring suburbs, and DeWitt’s character would be the reason why he has to go. Women.
Another, perhaps less likely, rumor is that Jonah Hill may be added to this ensemble as well. Seeing as this is a movie about a group of men forming a neighborhood watch to combat their boredom, it makes sense that we’re going to need more comedic actors than just Stiller and Vaughn. There will probably be a whole crew of suburban weirdos in this one, and that makes a name like Hill’s getting added seem likely. But, according to Vulture, the reason that Hill’s involvement in the film isn’t exactly a lock is that a post Moneyball bit of self-importance has lead to Hill’s people looking to get more money for him when he takes on future roles. For a film that’s already shelled out the big bucks to get guys like Stiller and Vaughn, that just might not be possible. It looks like Hollywood still has a lot to learn about sharing.