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The unstoppable, perversely evil high school bully. For years, he has
been a staple in film comedies – the iconic obstacle standing between childhood
innocence and the start of adult life. Now, the larger-than-life bully is back and
terrorizing a trio of outcasts who will go to hilarious new extremes to save their
hides and restore their right to be just a little odd without being pummeled,
teased, tormented or stuffed into lockers.
The first year of high school is hard enough when you’re a slightly goofy
teenager – but it’s positively unbearable when you’re the victim of an
unconquerable tormenter who makes it his business to make your life
unbearable. To make matters worse, no one will listen to your cries for help.
Parents are too busy, teachers uninterested and the other kids only look away in
horror, fearing they might be next. Which is why Ryan, Wade and Emmit must
come up with a desperately clever solution. Why not do what mobsters,
politicians and celebrities do whenever they’re stalked and targeted – bring in
some professional muscle? And this leads them to a bad hombre named Drillbit
Taylor (Owen Wilson) – someone they think is a ruthless, deadly soldier of
fortune. In the end, it’s Drillbit – who’s got grown-up problems that are far scarier
than theirs – who needs rescuing.
The uproarious story of “Drillbit Taylor” and his unlikely path from life on
the streets to hoped-for adolescent savior emerged from a collision of inventive
comic imaginations. It began with an idea that writer Edmond Dantes came up
with more than 20 years ago, which never got beyond a 40-page treatment. That
idea then fell into the hands of one of today’s top comedy producers, Judd
Apatow, who created such super-hit comedies as “Superbad,” “Knocked Up” and
“The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” Apatow turned to two formidable comedy writing
talents: Kristofor Brown, best known for helping turn “Beavis and Butt-Head” into
pop-culture icons; and film comedy star Seth Rogen, who has co-written such
Apatow films as “Superbad” and the upcoming “Pineapple Express.”
Apatow is joined on “Drillbit Taylor” by producers Susan Arnold and Donna
Arkoff Roth, whose credits include such acclaimed comedies as “Benny & Joon,”
starring Johnny Depp, and “Grosse Pointe Blank” starring John Cusack. “It was
a great idea and a great title,” states Arnold. “We thought it would be a lot of fun
to kind of run with this story and reinvent it.”
Continues Roth: “We started to think about who would really be able to
bring in ideas that would lend it a true contemporary feel and, of course, the first
person that came to mind was Judd Apatow, who we both knew and had always
wanted to work with. It took about one minute to know that Judd was exactly the right person to do this. His love and understanding of kids this age and his
reverence and appreciation of this kind of world are the perfect mix. ”
The story seemed perfect for Apatow, whose trademark appeal is his
unique ability to blend the outrageously hilarious with the movingly human. For
Arnold and Roth this idea was an opportunity to do what the recent Apatow
comedy hit “Superbad” had done – bring Apatow’s edgy brand of humor, which is
laced with underlying honesty and humanity, to a younger audience.
“The movies Judd is doing now are really capturing our time in a way
people of all ages can relate to,” observes Arnold.
Apatow brought the story to his frequent collaborator as an actor, writer
and producer, Seth Rogen, and yet another acclaimed comic voice who has
worked with both of them before, Kri
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