A few days ago, Universal Pictures announced a release date of July 30, 2010 for “Little Fockers,” the third movie in the Ben Stiller-Robert De Niro “Meet the Parents” comedy soon-to-be-trilogy. The only problem is, somebody forgot to tell the director.
“Oh really?” Paul Weitz marveled when we interviewed him after that news swept across the web. “I don’t know anything about that.”
All the “About a Boy” filmmaker knows is that he’s currently hard at work finishing “Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant” for its October 23rd release. He’s set to begin filming the Ben Stiller flick “in a couple months or something." But the announced July 2010 release?
“That’s news to me,” Weitz explained with a laugh. “That’s good to know… no [one had told me], but they can release it whenever they want… I don’t know when it would be in theaters.”
With that timetable, it seems highly unlikely that the long-in-development “Fockers” would be ready to challenge Vanessa Hudgens’ “Beastly” and Chris O’Donnell’s “Cats & Dogs” sequel (seriously?). However, Weitz is eager to turn his attention to the returning franchise faces -- including Owen Wilson.
“It’s Ben Stiller, Bob De Niro, Owen Wilson. They’ve all moved on with their lives and at the beginning of the movie, Greg and Kevin --- Ben and Owen’s characters –- are in a good place,” Weitz said of the plot. “Ben has earned [De Niro's character] Jack’s respect, and it’s about no matter how you’ve moved ahead in your life, there’s still anxiety and insecurity around the corner for you.”
Weitz also confirmed that Teri Polo would be appearing as Pamela, but when it came to Stiller’s parents, played in 2004’s “Meet the Fockers” by Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand, he said he wasn’t certain that the duo were returning. “Everyone’s in talks,” he said of those two names. “I don’t really know.”
And despite early reports that Stiller and Polo would be bringing a baby into the Focker family, here’s the big news: there’ll be two of them, and those babies will be getting the fast-growing “Family Ties” treatment.
“At the end of the last one they were getting married, and in this one [Stiller] has a couple 5 year olds. They have 5 year-old twins,” Weitz said of the title. “This was an opportunity to work with a bunch of actors who I think are fantastic; it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.”
Are you sad to hear it will take a bit longer to meet the “Little Fockers”? Would it impact your decision to see the movie if Streisand/Hoffman didn’t return?