Some interesting news about We're the Millers and it's shoot: in an interview, actor Nick Offerman noted that he would be working on the project, but mentioned that it would be "later in the fall
" - he also didn't mention whether Jennifer (or Sudeikis for that matter) are still involved.
'Parks & Recreation' Star Nick Offerman Joins Jordan Vogt-Roberts' 'Toy's House' & 'We're The Millers'
We’ve made it no secret that here at The Playlist we’re big fans of the Amy Poehler-led NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation,” but as the show has become more of an ensemble piece over its four season run, actor Nick Offerman’s character Ron Swanson has become a particular fan favorite. Offerman has proven he can make the potentially one-dimensional Swanson – a manly libertarian who just so happens to be the director of the Parks Department – a fully fleshed out character capable of having audiences laugh at his way with a socket wrench – and occasionally he’ll warm your heart (especially if it involves Andy). We’ve been hoping he’d find more work on the back of the popularity of his 'Parks'employment, and things have certainly been going that way with roles in this year's Sundance hit "Smashed" and Diablo Cody's forthcoming directorial debut.
Now Offerman tells Buzzsugar in a rather hilarious interview that he’s lined up two more feature projects saying, “I'm getting ready to do a film called ‘Toy's House,' which I'm really excited about, and then I think later in the Fall I'm working on a film called ‘We're the Millers’ for New Line, which is a really great comedy.” So let's look a bit closer at these. First up, “Toy’s House” is from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the man behind the excellent short film "Successful Alcoholics" starring T.J. Miller and Lizzy Caplan. We've been waiting to see when he might make his feature film debut, but details on this one are scarce at the moment. However, last month, the Greater Columbus Film Commission posted on their Facebook page that "the film is a heartfelt comedy about three unhappy teenagers who flee to the wilderness where they build a makeshift house and live off the land as masters of their own destiny." Filming is set to begin this month with Tyler Davidson ("Take Shelter"), Big Beach Films ("Little Miss Sunshine") and Low Spark Films producing. Chris Galletta wrote the script.
On the other end of the spectrum, “We’re The Millers” has been developing forever with Will Arnett, Steve Buscemi, Jason Bateman and more all involved at one point or another. The last we heard, the stoner comedy had Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis circling roles in the film that follows a low level pot dealer who decides to make one last big score. However, to get the supply he needs for the job, he puts together a fake family and herds them into an RV and heads to Mexico to pick up 1,400 pounds of marijuana. No word on if Aniston or Sudeikis are still involved or what Offerman's roles are in either film, but we'll be keeping an eye out and an ear to the ground.
It should be an interesting road for Offerman as his career continues to take off over these next few years as he lines up more feature work and seasons of “Parks and Recreation” – we just hope his road is paved in bacon and eggs.
So this news is confusing for many reasons! First, we heard (as this site notes) that Jennifer had been offered the part and that the film would likely be shelved if she didn't sign on - this was around April 8-10. Sveral industry sites reported this. Then we heard from one blog site (Pajiba) and a local film site out of Wilmington, North Carolina (Wilmonfilm) that Jennifer had signed and that the film was set to go into production this summer. Subsequent to that we have heard from Screengems/UAE that the film has opened a production office in Wilmington, would start shooting in late June or early July, and there have been tweets that Jennifer might be renting a house in the area for the summer. I also posted a link in the last few days to a site on film production schedules that noted the project would be starting in late July (July 23). There has never been an industry source confirmation that Jennifer has signed and it's about to film, but all of this seemed to point to the film shooting this summer. Plus we also know that she's got other projects with tentative plans to shoot sometime this fall. There has been no info about other casting for WTM, no info about casting agencies looking for actors, extras, etc. Now we have this actor saying he is working on the film and he thinks that it won't be until later in the fall!
It's possible Offerman is wrong about the filming schedule...and this would make the most sense here, given the other info we have had. But if he isn't, I wonder if Jennifer is involved at all and what that means for her other projects (which I am far more interested in than WTM).