22 Jump Street writer Rodney Rothman has gathered an impressive cast for his directorial debut, a space comedy entitled The Something, which has been in the works for quite some time. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis and Bill Hader have all been set to star. While it isn't known when production will get under way, it seems this project is finally coming together.
We first reported on The Something way back in February 2010, when Universal Pictures preemptively picked up Rodney Rothman's pitch. At the time, the project was described as an ensemble horror/comedy hybrid set in deep space, which was being compared to Zombieland. The story centers on a crew of male astronauts who have been stranded in outer space for years, when they finally come across another ship. Deadline adds that both of these crews hate each other, but they have to find a way to work together.
Universal has given the green light for this project, and they will distribute the sci-fi comedy. Rodney Rothman will produce with Point Grey's Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver, alongside Good Universe's Nathan Kahane and Joseph Drake. Rodney Rothman's other writing credits include Grudge Match and the upcoming 23 Jump Street. He also became the youngest head writer for Late Show with David Letterman in the show's history, at the age of 24.
This comedy will mark the first time that Seth Rogen and Bill Hader have worked with Zach Galifianakis. However, Seth Rogen and Bill Hader have collaborated on numerous projects, such as Pineapple Express, Superbad and Knocked Up. They both also lend their voices to the upcoming animated comedy Sausage Party, which hits theaters this August.
Zach Galifianakis will next be seen in Keeping Up with the Joneses, and he will also voice The Joker in the upcoming spinoff The LEGO Batman Movie. Seth Rogen will next be seen in the summer comedy sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, in theaters May 20, and The Disaster Artist, which he co-wrote with James Franco. Bill Hader lends his voice to The Angry Birds Movie, also opening on May 20, and he also stars in The BFG.