Staycation: Todd Phillips (The Hangover) Next Comedy

How To Get Over Your Ex border-top: medium none; padding-left: 0in; padding-bottom: 0in; margin: 0in 0.05in 0pt; border-left: medium none; padding-top: 0in; border-bottom: medium none; tab-stops: 1.25in 117.0pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid #cccc99 .75pt; mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 0in 0in”>July 17, 2009–Warner has hired Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay to write “Staycation,” a film that Todd Phillips will produce through his Green Hat Films banner.

Phillips brought the concept to Manfredi and Hay.  Phillips and the studio would not divulge a logline, though sources said that, as with Phillips' comedies like “The Hangover,” this will be a male-driven comedy.

Phillips is producing, along with Alan Riche and Peter Riche, but he has made no commitment to direct at this point. Green Hat's Scott Budnick will be exec producer along with Robert Kosberg and Bruce Nash. Much like Judd Apatow, Phillips is using the success of “The Hangover” to develop a group of  reliable writers.

The scribes rewrote “Man-Witch,” an original script by Josh Stolberg and Bobby Florsheim, about a schoolteacher who abruptly discovers he possesses witchlike abilities and is sent to “witch school” by the coven that takes him in.  Phillips was set to direct it with Jack Black until the actor dropped out.  “The Hangover” star Zach Galifianakis was briefly attached, until Phillips decided to next direct the comedy “Due Date” with the actor.  He will produce “Man-Witch” with Neal Moritz, but Galifianakis is no longer attached to it.

Manfredi and Hay, who wrote the dramas “Aeon Flux” and “Crazy/Beautiful,” most recently scripted “Clash of the Titans” for WB and shepherded it through production, and they are currently writing “The Boys,” an action comedy adaptation of the Garth Ennis graphic novels for Sony and Moritz. They also wrote the supernatural comedy “R.I.P.D.” for Universal.

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