Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Get 12 issues from just £25
A perfect night in with EE
Win £200 to spend on the perfect night in
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Interstellar Wins Best Film At The Empire Awards
All the winners announced at Jameson Empire Awards 2015
Hugh Jackman Hints Wolverine 3 Will Be His Last Mutant Movie
Will he hang up the claws?
Akiva Goldsman Overseeing More Transformers Films
He'll produce and oversee writers for new movies
Bill Hader Finds The BFG
He'll be part of Steven Spielberg's Roald Dahl adaptation
Vincent D'Onofrio In Talks For Magnificent Seven
He's in line to be the villain
Alessandra Ambrosio Joins Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
Supermodel will meet the heroes in a half-shell
Audra McDonald Joins Beauty And The Beast
She'll be Garderobe
Simon Helberg Set For Florence Foster Jenkins
He's joining Stephen Frears' latest
First Teaser For Patrick Stewart's Blunt Talk
'Did he say Falklands sarcastically?'
DreamWorks Animation's Home Invades The US Box Office
Get Hard jailed in second
The Jameson Empire Awards 2015 Live Blog
All the winners and presenters as it happens!
Jameson Empire Awards Arrivals Gallery
Chastain! Gillan! Atwell! Cavill! Fans!
Spectre Opening Sequence Will Be 'Biggest In Bond History'
Empire reports from Day Of The Dead in Mexico
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
08 January 2015
Reese Witherspoon Has That Downsizing Feeling
She'll reunite with Election's Alexander Payne
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
The Judge (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Nebraska (2013)
Empire Star Rating
The Descendants (2012)
Empire Star Rating
The Change-Up (2011)
Empire Star Rating
Fred Claus (2007)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Crashers And Sideways Directors Team Up
Exclusive: Payne and Dobkin plan a new comedy

04 July 2005  |  Written by   

submit to reddit

At the Wedding Crashers premiere this evening, we naturally turned the questions for director David Dobkin to his next project. Now, last we heard, he was planning to work on a fantasy film called Jack, which he described as "a Lord of the Rings take on Jack and the Beanstalk. A big, action, family movie."

But in the last few weeks he's decided to skip ahead to make I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry, which will be written by Oscar-winning screenwriter and acclaimed director Alexander Payne and his writing partner Jim Taylor.

Like Dobkin's current film, this one will feature a wedding – but of a very different sort. "It's about these two firemen in Philadelphia who pretend they're gay to get insurance benefits and then they get in trouble and they have to keep up the charade. It's a Tootsie-type movie."

With gay marriage being something of a hot button issue in the States at the moment (here too, for that matter) we wondered if he had any hesitation in taking on such a controversial topic. "It could be an important film if we don't totally screw it up. But I've got two of the best writers around doing the work, so…You can't make a joke out of the subject matter. You have to be very careful, because it is a topic and it is an issue that, if you do it right, you can open some people's minds. It's all about tolerance and understanding what it's like to be in someone else's shoes."

A fan of Sideways, Dobkin was clearly pleased to have Payne and Taylor working with him on the project. "They asked me, 'Who do you want to re-write the script?' I said, 'Alexander Payne,' and everybody was like, 'Oh god.' We sent him the script, and he and Jim called and said, 'We like it! We have some ideas," so I was like, 'Uh, OK. You just won an Oscar; this is weird!'

"It's got a lot of character, a lot of heart. It's maybe a little bit bigger and broader than some of the stuff they've done, but it's got the same depth of character and the same intelligence."

With Wedding Crashers and Shanghai Knights showing that Dobkin can handle the broad stuff, and with Payne and Taylor adding in their subtlety of character, this could be one to watch out for. You heard it here first!

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

World Exclusive: The New Wall-E Trailer
This kicks shiny metal butt!
Edgar Wrights…And Writes….And Writes
Exclusive: Shaun director swears he's working hard on Hot Fuzz


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's Fast & Furious 7 Review
We run the rule on the return of Toretto, Hobbs and co

Empire Meets Alison Brie
The Get Hard star on Ken Jeong, Toto and her favourite episode of Community

17 ‘What The?’ TV Cameos From Film Directors
From Spike Jonze as a music exec to Peter Bogdanovich as… himself?

Empire Meets Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
On A Second Chance, Game Of Thrones pranks and Headhunters' poo scene

The Secrets Behind 44 Classic Cinema Sound Effects
No really, the Ringwraiths are actually plastic cups...

The 30 Greatest Superhero Movies Of All Time
Empire readers pick their top super flicks

10 Videos Every Tom Hanks Fan Should Have Watched By Now
Of course, everyone in the world is a Tom Hanks fan…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)