Universal Pictures has beat out Disney and Paramount Pictures for an untitled musical comedy that has Josh Gad attached to star and Jeremy Garelick set to direct. Deadline reports that the musical will also feature brand new songs from celebrated composers Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. The project made the studio rounds last Thursday, the same day that Josh Gad's FX series The Comedians premiered, with every major studio making an offer on the project.
The deal for this untitled musical closed last night, and is said to be in the low seven figures, with "strong progress to production language" and talent fees that could bring the deal up to eight figures if Universal ends up making the project. The story centers on Josh Gad's character, who integrates himself into a family lead by a busy single mother, and becomes an important member of their "clan." Josh Gad and Jeremy Garelick conceived the story together, with Jeremy Garelick writing the script and directing.Read More
After playing the beloved snowman Olaf in Disney's animated blockbuster Frozen, actor Josh Gad has signed on to play LeFou in the studio's live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. The actor joins a growing cast that includes Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston) and Dan Stevens (The Beast). The character Le Fou was not featured in the original fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, but was created specifically for Disney's 1991 animated version of Beauty and the Beast, one of the few animated movies to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.
In the animated Beauty and the Beast, LeFou was the sidekick of the villainous Gaston. LeFou was voiced by Jesse Corti. The story follows Belle, who takes her father's place as a prisoner of the Beast, where she learns that he is actually a prince. After Belle falls for the Beast, Gaston leads an angry mob to kill him. Like the 1991 version, this live-action Beauty and the Beast is expected to be a musical, but that has not yet been confirmed by Disney.Read More
In The Comedians, Billy Crystal plays a comedy legend who is reluctantly paired with Josh Gad, an edgier up-and-coming star, in an unfiltered, behind-the-scenes look at a fictional late night sketch comedy show where egos and generations collide. Stephnie Weir stars as "Kristen Laybourne," the anxiety-ridden producer behind The Billy & Josh Show who frequently finds herself caught in the middle of Billy and Josh's arguments, Matt Oberg stars as "Mitch Reed," the show's head writer, and Megan Ferguson stars "Esme McCauley," a no-nonsense production assistant.
Larry Charles (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld), Matt Nix (Burn Notice), and Ben Wexler (Community, Arrested Development) are Writers and Executive Producers of The Comedians, along with Crystal. Charles directed the pilot, with Josh Gad serving as Co-Executive Producer. The half-hour, single-camera comedy is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions. Take a look at the new footage below before The Comedians premieres April 9 on FX.Read More
Back in November 2012, Universal Pictures hired actor/screenwriter Josh Gad and his partner Ryan Dixon to pen the screenplay for the long-awaited Twins sequel entitled Triplets. We haven't heard anything about the project since then, but the comedy will bring back Twins stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, with Eddie Murphy joining the cast as the brothers' long-lost triplet. Josh Gad held a Reddit AMA session yesterday for his new comedy The Wedding Ringer, in theaters next weekend, where he revealed that the Triplets script is done, but Universal apparently is contemplating whether or not to move forward with the follow-up."Uh, you know... the script is actually done. Everybody agrees that it's great. We wound up doing 2 drafts. Universal, I think, hit the pause button temporarily for whatever reason - internally I think they are trying to figure out if they want to do a sequel or not. I would say if there's an outpouring of affection, that may move the needle, but I think it's on hold right now. But everybody read the script and loved it, so I hope it sees the light of day at some point. It's there and in great shape.
Twins was released December 8th, 1988.Read More
Josh Gad is being eyed to play late film critic and screenwriter Roger Ebert in the upcoming biopic Russ & Roger Go Beyond, alongside Will Ferrell, who is now confirmed to play indie filmmaker Russ Meyer. The Wrap reports that Josh Gad has not even read the script yet and his deal is not finalized, but producer David Permut told Hollywood Elsewhere on Sunday that Josh Gad is on board. Jonah Hill was initially eyed for the Roger Ebert role, though a deal could not be worked out.
The script, which was written by Chris Cluess (Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons), follows the relationship between rising film critic Roger Ebert and director Russ Meyer, as they team up to make the 1970 cult classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. After the then-28-year-old Roger Ebert wrote one of the few positive reviews for one of Russ Meyer's films, the director hand picked the critic to write the script for his latest project. The story will follow the duo's clashes with the studio system and the MPAA ratings board, leading to Beyond the Valley of the Dolls being one of the few studio releases to receive an X rating. The writer and director were ultimately vindicated when the film became a profitable hit for 20th Century Fox.Read More