Looks like there’s going to be a new R-rated movie about frat houses and the hijinx inherent in the ridiculous notion of a bunch of 19-year-old dudes living together in one big building. Here’s how the story has developed so far. First, a couple of guys named Andrew Cohen and Brendan O’Brien wrote a script for the movie.
It’s about a regular-guy family man whose house is unfortunately located directly next to a local college’s alpha male fraternity house. This, of course, leads to him coming into conflict with the young, party happy frat boys, and presumably some tale of living, loving, and learning results.
After putting pen to paper, the writing duo then pitched the project to Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, those guys behind Superbad and Pineapple Express and whatnot. They liked it and attached Rogen himself to star as the family man of the film and High School Musical’s Zac Efron as the head frat guy.
Seeing as Rogen and Goldberg are proven commodities in the comedy department, and this summer has seen a string of raunchy comedic successes at the box office. Thus, this project very quickly became the subject of an intense bidding war between several studios. Eventually Universal won, so now the film is going to get made under their banner and with Cohen, O’Brien, Rogen, and Goldberg all getting fancy producer credits and gigantic salaries. Efron is only mentioned as being attached to star, but presumably his salary for the film will be astronomical as well. And even though he’s not a producer, he still gets to be way more attractive than everyone else involved, so we’ll just call it even at this point. [Deadline Bloomington]