The real-life couple are attached to star in the 20th Century Fox project, which Steve Pink is in talks to direct
Real-life husband-and-wife Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are attached to star in “Vacation Friends,” a comedy that Steve Pink is in early talks to direct from a spec script by siblings Tim Mullen and Tom Mullen, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap.
Broken Road’s Todd Garner will produce the project, which 20th Century Fox recently acquired in a deal worth nearly $1 million.
In the vein of the 1991 Bill Murray comedy “What About Bob?,” story follows a straight-laced couple vacationing in Mexico, where they meet a wild couple (Pratt and Faris) who keeps them entertained all week. However, when the couples return from vacation, Pratt and Faris’ characters want to keep the party going and prove difficult to get rid of.
Pink developed the project with Garner and plans to do a pass on the Mullen brothers’ script.
While Pratt and Faris are both busy with their respective TV shows “Parks & Recreation” and “Mom,” the duo plan to shoot this during their next hiatus.
Pratt, whose feature career is due for a boost with this summer’s Marvel movie “Guardians of the Galaxy,” is preparing for the lead role in Universal’s “Jurassic World.” He’s repped by CAA and Mosaic, while Faris is repped by WME and Anonymous Content.
The news was first reported by Deadline.
Chris Pratt’s role as Andy Dwyer on “Parks and Recreation” has always played on Pratt’s… let’s call it jovial physicality. But since Pratt was cast in Marvel’s big summer blockbuster, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” he’s been sporting a much fitter frame.
Pratt has admitted to losing quite a bit of weight to play the lead role of Star-Lord for “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but it’s not the first time he has yo-yo’d a bit for the big screen: Pratt gained weight to portray real-life Oakland A’s baseball player Scott Hatteberg for 2011’s “Moneyball,” then lost quite a bit of weight for 2012’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” then packed on 60 pounds to play Vince Vaughn’s buddy in “Delivery Man” before taking this role in 2013.
“Parks and Recreation” allowed Pratt time to shoot the movie, writing in a nice excuse for why Andy would be gone for a while. They also acknowledged his new look in “Parks and Recreation’s” Season 6 premiere back in September, and the reason for the dramatic weight loss was so perfectly Andy: He told Ben (Adam Scott) that he lost 50 pounds in a month by simply giving up beer. Watch the clip here:
“I had to do reshoots just recently so I had to lose, like, 20 pounds for the reshoots, which ended yesterday,” Pratt revealed to Yahoo TV on Tuesday, admitting that he’d gained back some of the weight since they first wrapped the movie. “So I’m still hanging onto it for a while… but not for long,” Pratt said, joking that “there’s gonna be a lot more man here standing in front of you” in six more months.
“He’s a freak! Plus he was fat before he got them,” O’Heir said, referring to Pratt’s abs. “So he literally made it all go away, and then… I don’t get it. I don’t get it! I think it’s the devil. A deal with the devil.”
“He is not messing around!,” Retta said with a laugh. “He’s like, I am action hero all the way.”
So is he planning on maintaining his superhero physique, or will he pack on some more weight again indulging with his wife and fellow foodie Anna Faris?
“As soon as I make enough money to get enough land and enough food and a big enough trailer to satisfy my wife, you will never see me again and I will get to be 500 pounds,” Pratt said. “You might see me again on, like, an A&E show about people who can’t leave their trailers… like they have to be cut out of their trailers, buried in a piano case. That’s me.”
“Parks and Recreation” airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on NBC; “Guardians of the Galaxy” opens nationwide on Aug. 1.