In the past few years, Jason Segel has really been making a name for himself as one of the most lovable, friendly guys in comedy, with a pretty awesome recognisability factor, starring in Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and of course TV’s How I Met Your Mother, to name just a few credits.
Deadline now report that he and Reese Witherspoon are being offered the lead roles for Sex Tape, written by Kate Angelo (TV’s The Bernie Mac Show), with Nicholas Stoller in talks to direct.
The film will see,
“a married couple who take a night off from their kids, decide to get adventurous and spice things up by making a private sex tape. When they wake up, the tape is gone and they go on a desperate search to find it.”
Stoller and Segel have been frequent collaborators for quite a while now, and news of another project with the two of them working together for is always going to be welcome. Stoller co-wrote the highly anticipated upcoming Muppets film (due out here on 10th February next year), and has directed Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the upcoming The Five-Year Engagement, which has also been co-written by the pair.
Witherspoon, meanwhile, has a pretty wide variety of credits to her name, including her Oscar-winning turn as June Carter in Walk The Line, Cruel Intentions, Sweet Home Alabama, Legally Blonde, Littly Nicky, Rendition, and Monsters vs. Aliens. She’s most recently been seen in the pretty beautiful Water for Elephants this year, and will next be seen in McG’s action-comedy This Means War as the object of both Tom Hardy’s and Chris Pine’s affections, which should be a lot of fun.
Though the pairing of Witherspoon and Segel is a little unexpected, it definitely sounds like it has a lot of potential, and I’m hoping that the talks will go well for everyone involved. Todd Black, Steve Tisch, and Jason Blumenthal, who’ve been producing partners on films including The Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds, and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, will be producing Sex Tape after coming up with the original idea for Angelo’s script. I’ve not seen much of Angelo’s work, but the fact that she wrote for The Bernie Mac Show is enough to sell me, because that show was true comedy. More news on Sex Tape and everyone’s involvement as we get it.