Josh Schwartz

Fun Size Movie

Josh Schwartz is taking the success he found on TV with shows like The OC and Chuck and translating that into a directorial debut fit for families. It also manages a slutty kitty and a humping chicken. You know, for kids. Fun Size stars Victoria Justice as a teen on the cusp of the popularity that comes with being hunted by the hottest guy in school, but she’s charged with looking after her little brother on Halloween, a job that seeks to undermine her ability to attend the coolest party of the year. Conflict! Then she loses her brother, who happens to be dressed up like Spider-Man. Fortunately, he’s found by a young man who asks if he likes gladiator movies, and…wait. What. What exactly is going on in this trailer?



What was interesting about Fun Size back in January remains its most interesting feature today. That, of course, is director Josh Schwartz, perhaps known best as the showrunner for Chuck. That television show will be coming to a close soon, and Schwartz looks to be shifting to bigger screens with his first feature film here (and a few other projects in development). The story is fairly standard – about a teenage girl who has to take her little brother trick ‘r’ treating and, instead, takes him to a party. For some reason he goes missing, which means the party is either a raging mind-bender or way too boring for a pre-pubescent kid. Disney alum Victoria Justice has already signed on as the lead, and Bloody Disgusting is now reporting that Johnny Knoxville, Thomas Middleditch, Thomas McDonell, Osric Chau, Ana Gasteyer, Josh Pence, Holmes Osborne, James Pumphrey, William Belli, and Peter Navy Tulasosopo have also been cast alongside Jackson Nicoli who will play the brat that goes missing. Almost all of those names sound made-up, especially the one that sounds like a porn actor alias. You know the one. Regardless, it’s a big, varied cast which should offer a lot of crazy characters for Jackson to run into during the frantic search for her brother.



As a note of caution, you should probably not google “Fun Size” with the safe search off, but if you haven’t (and your eyes still work properly), feast your virginal eyes on the news that Josh Schwartz will be directing a comedy set on Halloween night featuring a sarcastic young girl and her stupid brother that she’s forced to take trick ‘r treating. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the little brother goes missing, and his sister has to find him before mom finds out about it (and about the babysitter being dead). Schwartz is the executive producer of Chuck, one of many co-writers on the X-Men: First Class script, and a musician whose work can be found on movies as diverse as Undercover Brother and Happy Feet. The point? The guy is awesome. He’ll be producing under his Fake Empire banner alongside Paramount who wants it ready to roll by this Halloween despite not officially greenlighting it. The script was written by Max Werner – a writer on The Colbert Report – but no actors have been cast yet.



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