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Kay Cannon‘s directorial debut Blockers was easily one of the top-3 funniest films of last year, and I’ve been eager to see what she would choose for her sophomore effort. Today brings word that Cannon will direct the Lionsgate comedy 79ers, which is being produced by industry heavyweights Seth Rogen and Will Ferrell.
The film follows a group of estranged friends who are forced back together after 20 years to complete a treasure hunt they attempted as misfit teens, but never completed. Lionsgate’s Nathan Kahane said the studio is aiming for something along the lines of “The Goonies for adults.”
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Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s Point Grey banner is producing with Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez banner. It’s unclear whether Adam McKay will be involved, as he and Ferrell recently split, but I imagine this project has been in the works for some time, so he’ll likely have some kind of credit, as will Jessica Elbaum. The truth is, none of these names, not even Rogen and Ferrell, were included in Lionsgate’s press release, likely because those producing credits are still being determined.
What we do know is that Dylan Meyer has been hired to work on the screenplay, which was originally written by none other than Ben Schwartz. Lionsgate execs Matthew Janzen and Brady Fujikawa will oversee development on behalf of the studio, while Josh Fagen will oversee the project...
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