Reporting by Jasmine Rencher
When a fast-rising star hits it big, moviegoers can expect a flood of films with the actor. Sometimes this can be a bad thing (see Dane Cook).
In the case of "Superbad" breakout Jonah Hill, however, those who like to laugh can't get enough of a good thing -- and with "Strange Wilderness," "Horton Hears a Who" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" behind him, 2008 has probably already allowed us to see and hear Jonah more than his family does. But don't think it ends there, as the 24-year-old actor is already working on several 2009 films, as well as one for 2010.
"It's like a 'Shrek' type of movie, or like 'Kung Fu Panda,'" Hill revealed about the project he's currently working on, entitled "How to Train Your Dragon." "It's an awesome animation movie."
Based on a children's book by Cressida Cowell, the story follows young Hiccup Horrendous Hancock III (yeah, it's a mouthful) on his quest to capture a fearsome dragon, but it's not your typical fairytale. Instead of a fierce fire-breather, as one would imagine, Hiccup happens upon a scrawny toothless dragon that he must train to be a hero. Hill provides the voice of Snotlout, the resident bully.
"He's a bad dude; he's like a Viking," Hill told us about his character. "He's a badass Viking."
The film's release date was recently pushed to March 26, 2010 to make way for the onslaught of 3-D films including "A Christmas Carol" and "Avatar." The film is directed by Peter Hastings, a television veteran who worked on such irreverent hits as "Animaniacs" and "Pinky and the Brain."
"[They're making this] with myself and America Ferrara, and Jay Baruchel is in it," Hill said of his co-starring cast, which also includes "300" star Gerard Butler and a vocal reunion with his "Superbad" co-star Christopher "McLovin'" Mintz-Plasse.
"It'll be awesome," he assured us. "I'm sure they'll make a big deal out of it when it comes out, because those animation movies are cool and really popular."
If you've read the book: Will "Dragon" make a good animated movie? And if you haven't: Does this seem like a good formula to get away from the "talking barnyard animals" rut of recent CGI cartoons?