Apatow's new baby: 'Year One'
EmptyHot on the heels of "Knocked Up," Judd Apatow has drawn upon a multigenerational who's who of comedy for his latest project at Columbia Pictures.
Jack Black and Michael Cera are attached to star in the comedy "Year One" from producer Apatow and director Harold Ramis.
Ramis also will serve as a producer on the film, while Owen Wilson will serve as an executive producer.
Penned by Ramis, Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg from a story by Ramis, plot details are being kept under wraps.
"With Judd Apatow, Harold Ramis, Jack Black and Michael Cera, the filmmakers have assembled an insanely talented group of comedians, and we couldn't be more thrilled or excited by the way this project has come together," Columbia president of production Matt Tolmach said.
Tolmach will oversee "Year One" for the studio along with Jonathan Kadin.
Black, whose credits include Peter Jackson's 2005 epic "King Kong" and the comedy "Nacho Libre," most recently starred in Columbia's romantic comedy "The Holiday." He next will be seen in Michel Gondry's "Be Kind Rewind" and "Margot at the Wedding," directed by Noah Baumbach.
Comedy actor Cera is best known for playing George-Michael Bluth in the Fox series "Arrested Development." He will next star in Columbia's "Superbad," from producer Apatow, followed by the indie comedy "Juno."
Ramis, an iconic writer-director-actor, was behind some of the classic comedies of the 1970s and 1980s. He penned "National Lampoon's Animal House," "Meatballs," "Stripes," "Ghostbusters," "Ghostbusters II" and "Back to School." His directing credits include "Caddyshack," which he also co-wrote, "National Lampoon's Vacation," "Groundhog Day," "Analyze This" and the sequel "Analyze That." He most recently directed episodes of the NBC series "The Office."
In addition to "Knocked Up," which Apatow directed, wrote and produced, the multihyphenate has several films in the works, a number of which are at Columbia including "Superbad," "Walk Hard," "Pineapple Express," "Step Brothers" and "You Don't Mess With the Zohan."