Danny McBride launches comedy prod'n firm

Joins with David Gordon Green, Jody Hill, Matt Reilly

Danny McBride, directors David Gordon Green and Jody Hill and Warner exec Matt Reilly have formed comedy production house Rough House, setting up shop at Mandate Pictures.

The company, which has inked a two-year first-look deal with Mandate, has a focus to produce high-concept comedies.

McBride, Green and Hill went to the North Carolina School of the Arts together and have worked on each other’s movies and TV shows. 

Hill and McBride created HBO’s “Eastbound & Down” (with Ben Best), which Green directed as did Hill. Green directed “Pineapple Express,” which saw McBride appear in the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy.

Hill co-wrote and directed “The Foot Fist Way,” which starred McBride, and the two teamed up again for “Observe and Report,” the Seth Rogen-Anna Faris comedy that was made by Warners.

It was while working with Warners that Hill and McBride met vp production Reilly, with whom they clicked. Reilly will head production at Rough House and “will be a participant in the business,” according to Mandate.