Ben Schwartz cast in CollegeHumor movie "Coffee Town"Variety January 11, 2012
CollegeHumor enters movie biz
by Jeff Sneider
Brad Copeland to direct 'Coffee Town'
CollegeHumor Media is getting into the motion picture business, tapping Brad Copeland ("Arrested Development") to make his feature directorial debut with "Coffee Town" a comedy that will star TV thesps Glenn Howerton ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"), Steve Little ("Eastbound & Down") and Ben Schwartz ("House of Lies"), as well as Grammy-winning singer Josh Groban ("Crazy, Stupid, Love").
A modern-day workplace comedy for today's job-hopping generation, "Coffee Town" follows three thirty-something friends who band together when their freeloading existence is threatened.
Howerton will play an underachieving web designer who plans to stage a fake robbery in order to preserve his daily routine at a local coffee shop, which is being converted into a pub.
Hoping to build upon its decade-long track record of creating and marketing irreverent comedy content, CollegeHumor will finance and produce the R-rated laffer, which will be produced by CollegeHumor co-founder Ricky Van Veen.
"Brad has a sharp yet universal comic sensibility and we're confident he's going to be a fantastic director," said Van Veen. "Coupled with the amazing cast we have so far, we're incredibly enthusiastic about this project."
Production will begin next month in Los Angeles, and no release date is currently set.
UTA-repped Copeland, who wrote the hit family comedies "Wild Hogs" and "Yogi Bear," is currently involved in several active projects, including the big screen adaptation of the classic 1960s TV series "Gilligan's Island," as well as a remake of Disney's "Flight of the Navigator." He's also the writer-showrunner for "The Inbetweeners," which will premiere on MTV later this year.
CollegeHumor Media is an operating business of IAC and partner in the Electus multimedia studio system.
WME reps Howerton, Schwartz and Groban, who are respectively managed by 3 Arts Entertainment, Tom Sawyer Entertainment and Q Prime, Inc. Little is repped by Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment.