Jonah Hill to Direct Zombie-Vampire-Alien Hybrid The Kitchen Sink
03.02.11 by Ryan
Jonah Hill may soon be adding "director" to his resume.
Deadline reports that the Superbad actor is in talks to helm The Kitchen Sink for Sony Pictures and producer Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man). Written by Oren Uziel, The Kitchen Sink is described in the 2010 Black List of unproduced screenplays in a single line summary.
A human teenager, a vampire, and a zombie must save their town from an alien invasion.
Tolmach acquired the rights for The Kitchen Sink in January, after stepping down as a Columbia Pictures executive to become a producer. At the time, Tolmach told Deadline that he was "surprised" that no one had purchased the script, and described the script in greater detail.
I love high school movies, and sparked to the authenticity of these characters. It's more in the spirit of The Breakfast Club than anything, but you get an idea of the title in an early scene where two kids are running from zombies. Those zombies suddenly are attacked by vampires. Just when they are all facing off, there's a bright light overhead. You realize the aliens have landed and these groups have to band together, suppress the urge to kill each other, and it becomes thematically the enemy of my enemy is my friend. That makes it different than your usual zombie, vampire, or alien movie. I know from experience how quickly scripts either get bought or not, and it often has no bearing on whether they're good or not. This one is like the talented kid passed over in the first round of the draft. Thank goodness for the Black List.
Hill is well regarded at Sony, having created the story for the upcoming remake of 21 Jump Street, in which he will co-star with Channing Tatum and Ice Cube. The Kitchen Sink would be Hill's directorial debut.