After his success with Zombieland, director Ruben Fleischer has been on the minds of many a movie fan. He’s on the geek radar, if you will. And of course, he’s on the radar of anyone who likes good movies — not just the superfans who patrol the halls of the internet. So we’re keeping an eye on him, and his next project. Today, there is movement.
The Hollywood Reporter gave word today that Fleischer’s next project, an untitled buddy cop comedy, has been picked up by Dreamworks after a reportedly heated bidding war. The film will be based on a script from Mike Arnold and Chris Poole, who recently teamed up on The Grackle for David O. Russell and Matthew McConaughey (but have no credits on movies that have been released). The story is being kept under wraps, and Fleischer has not been talking about it in the press. According to THR, this comedy is based on an original idea from Fleischer. This all but rules out the various things he’s been rumored for, including 30 Minutes or Less, a bank heist comedy with Danny McBride. The LA Times reported just a few days ago that Fleischer was close to signing on 30 Minutes or Less as his next.
There is still no official word that this buddy cop movie will be Fleischer’s next, or if it will be 30 Minutes or Less. He’s still mulling over the McBride pic and several other projects, including possibly Mission Impossible 4. Personally, I’d see any of these projects as interesting choices — Fleischer’s ability to draw so much gnarly humor out of Zombieland tells me to keep an eye on him, no matter what he does.
For Fleischer, the world of filmmaking has become a very rich buffet.