Deadline is reporting that New Line Cinema is looking to purchase a pitch being described as “Trading Places meets Grumpy Old Men.” The idea came to Shankman just a few weeks ago while watching Baldwin host the season premier of Saturday Night Live. Martin crashed Baldwin’s opening monologue to give Baldwin some good-natured grief for breaking his (Martin’s) record for most times hosting the show.
The project is in such early days it doesn’t even have a writer assigned to it yet.
This isn’t the first time that the two have comedically sparred. They were the co-hosts for the 2010 Academy Awards broadcast, which Shankman directed, and they fought for the affections of Meryl Streep in the comedy It’s Complicated.
I have to say that it has been fun watching Baldwin change his career trajectory from that of being a dramatic actor in films like Glengary Glenn Ross to consistently generating laughs on SNL and 30 Rock. The two were a lot of fun on the Oscars and on the SNL season opener. Here’s hoping they hit it out of the park with this.