Zach Galifianakis stars as the titular schmuck opposite Steve Carell in the summer comedy “Dinner for Schmucks,” which comes out Friday. So now’s a perfect time to line up another one, right?
Deadline.com reported that DreamWorks purchased “Reply All,” a Galifianakis vehicle with a yet-to-be-written script coming from Phil Johnston. The writer also has a credit on the 2011 comedy “Cedar Rapids,” which features Zach G’s “The Hangover” cohort Ed Helms among its stars.
From the sound of things, “Reply All” will riff on that most dreaded faux pas, in which you accidentally send a private e-mail to a large group of unintended recipients. Galifianakis will play the hapless sender; expect hilarity to ensue as he deals with the consequences of his error. No other casting has been made public yet, but expect some familiar names, since Galifianakis tends to draw a crowd.
In addition to “Schmucks” this Friday, Galifianakis has two more comedies still to come this year. First up, in September, is “It’s a Funny Kind of Story” from “Half Nelson” writer/directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. He’s back again in November starring opposite Robert Downey Jr. in “Due Date,” a road movie from “Hangover” director Todd Phillips that’s drawn comparisons to the John Candy/Steve Martin classic, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.”
Of course, Galifianakis will also be re-teaming again with Phillips next year for “The Hangover 2.” Also expected to return for the sequel are stars Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and Bradley Cooper; rumors also suggest that supporting stars Heather Graham and Ken Jeong will be back. ComingSoon.net reported via a source last week that the sequel will be set (and shot on location) in Thailand.