News and rumors have been trickling in surrounding Judd Apatow's next directorial venture, a dramedy about stand-up comedy which now has the title Funny People. Like You Don't Mess With the Zohan, this will be a collaboration between Apatow and Adam Sandler, with both guys' production companies backing the project.
About the plot, Apatow has been "deliberately vague. . . allowing only that the movie takes place in the world of standup comedy and the focus is on a comedian who has a near-death experience." The cast includes such funny folks as Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jason Schwartzman and Jonah Hill. So, same old Apatow faces (Mann, Rogen, Hill) with some nice new peeps (Schwartzman, Bana).
I'm especially excited about Eric Bana, who is a funny, funny guy. As Variety explains, "Bana began his career as a comic on the standup circuit in Australia and starred in the sketch comedy series Full Frontal and The Eric Bana Show before remaking himself as a dramatic actor." If you haven't seen his impression of Tom Cruise, you should probably click here.
I just hope they get some other notable stand-ups to make appearances somehow, like Bill Cosby or Seinfeld. I'm also curious about which peripheral character Paul Rudd will be playing, since Apatow always includes him somehow.