Nicholas Stoller received a real one-two punch recently when in one month’s time both his latest directorial effort The Five Year Engagement failed to really pull in a big audience and his CBS comedy pilot was also passed over. But, with Stoller’s woes also come some very big highlights. With the writer currently working on The Muppets sequel, which many of all ages are absolutely excited for. However, it’s when Stoller will return to the big screen at the helm next that is incredibly excited as it seems he’s ready to reunite with an old Undeclared cast member.
THR reports that Stoller will again work with Universal as director for the upcoming comedy Townies, which will pair Seth Rogen and Zac Efron with a script from Andrew Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. Stoller wrote a handful of episodes and worked first hand with Rogen on Judd Apatow’s shortly lived college comedy Undeclared, and the two have hand individually outstanding relationships with Apatow since. The comedy creator won’t be involved in any aspect this time around, but the combonatoin of Stoller and Rogen is more than enough promise.
The story involves Rogen as a regular family man who lives near an alpha-male fraternity house and has to contend with a frat member (Efron) whose raucous behavior wreaks havoc on his life. While the fact the guys from “Knocked Up” and “The Lucky One” teaming up doesn’t exactly sound like a promising duo, Efron could definitely have a chance to play the raunchy comedic side for a change. Rogen’s films have had plenty of people break previous conceptoins about their images in order to play raunchy comedy sides before, such as James Franco playing a hilarious pot dealer and Ryan Seacrest in an equally funny rant about celebrities, with Efron possibly being the next one to join.
No production start has yet been set for Townies, but it’s likely the film could shoot later this year or early 2013. Rogen is currently working on his own directoral debut called End of the World, which brings an apocalyptic comedy to light with various actors portraying fictionalized versions of themselves, including Franco, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Aziz Ansari, Rihanna, Emma Watson, and more.