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Why U.S. comedies are falling flat, where Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd's new movie sold and how Tommy Wirkola directed Noomi Rapace as seven identical twins.
The Hollywood Reporter has released its fourth American Film Market daily issue, which features a look at why U.S. comedies are falling flat, a chat with Tommy Wirkola and exclusive sales news of Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd's new movie.
No Jokes at AFM
Sacha Baron Cohen's remake of hit Danish R-rated comedy Klown with Annapurna Pictures instantly became one of the market’s splashier offerings. But even the oversized clown shoes of Ali G can’t hide the fact that independent U.S. comedy — especially the out-and-out gut-busters that skew toward the male audience that flocks to Baron Cohen — is having a trickier time generating global laughs. One exec tells THR: "American comedies just don’t seem to travel as well as they used to."
Moving on Ideal Home
International buyers are moving in on Ideal Home, THR has learned exclusively. Written and directed by Andrew Fleming, the comedy stars British comic actor Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd as a bickering gay couple whose extravagant lives are turned upside down by a new addition to the family.
Talking With Tommy Wirkola
The Norway-born helmer moves into new territory with the upcoming sci-fi film What Happened to Monday?, starring Noomi Rapace as seven identical twins in a futuristic world where families are limited to one child because of overpopulation. The director of Dead Snow and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters spoke to THR about how he juggled septuplets, what he thinks about Netflix and the latest on the Hansel & Gretel sequel.