Disney might be putting its toys all in one basket with this one. Ruben Fleischer, who directed the charming "Zombieland" and the slightly less-charming "30 Minutes or Less" and the pretty silly "Gangster Squad," is in talks to direct the family film "Overnight."
Written by "22 Jump Street" scribe Oren Uziel, the film is described as "Home Alone" in a toy store much like FAO Schwarz. Hold on to your butts, because this ain't "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler"! This could be a cool fit, because although "Zombieland" was far from a family-friendly film, it was fast and funny enough to see Fleischer's style translating well into a PG-13 father/son farce. After the surprisingly dark "30 Minutes or Less" and disappointing "Gangster Squad," it could be interesting to see Fleischer take on a lighter project.
Uziel has written a number of scripts in various states of pre-production (or pre-pre-production). Sony reportedly hired him to write a script for "Men in Black 4" in May 2013, at the same time the studio snagged him to polish the "Jump Street" sequel. He also wrote the script for the teen genre film "The Kitchen Sink," which is slated for a January 2015 release. Coincidentally, "The Kitchen Sink" was described as "[a] monster mash-up movie in the vein of 'Zombieland'" -- is this a match made in heaven? Plus, a script he co-wrote with always-earnest John Krasinski was snapped up by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's production company. Whew! Sounds like he's as adept at switching it up genre-wise as Fleischer.