According to The Hollywood Reporter, Judd Apatow has signed on to produce the upcoming film Do Gooders – the most recent in what seems to be a flurry of activity for the once-overexposed writer/director/producer. The film is based on a script by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck, who recently wrote and directed A Good Old Fashioned Orgy with SNL vets Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte. Such suggest Gregory and Huyck (who started writing for TV) will want to direct this one as well.
There was a moment there where it seems Judd Apatow was going to take over all on-screen comedy. Working with Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and on and on, his finger seemed in every pie. But by the time of Funny People, both he and Seth Rogen seemed to have worked too much over the last couple of years, and people were tired. Which seems to have led to many of his regulars moving on to their own projects without him (The Green Hornet, Your Highness, etc.)
But for Apatow, the break period is over. He is currently casting his newest film, and Bridesmaids is due May 13. He’s also producing the Pee-Wee Herman film – which is in pre-production – and has scores of other films and projects that are in development. Ultimately, Apatow’s break from the big screen may have had more to do with scheduling or possibly even just wanting to take a breather more than anything outside pressures. That said, the Apatow brand was becoming so prodigious that it was inevitable it would have to recede a little.
Are you happy for the return of Apatow?