Todd Phillips has made Warner Bros. a ton of money over the past few years, and that studio has a reputation for taking care of its own. WB has just given Phillips’ Green Hat Films a first look deal that lasts until the end of 2013, and the director now has four projects lined up to take on once he finishes The Hangover 3.
The Hollywood Reporter has descriptions of the movies Phillips may tackle next:
- Mule, about a young couple who resort to drug trafficking to make it during the tough economy. Based on a book by Tony D’Souza.
- Arms and the Dudes, about two stoners in Miami who become successful arms dealers before the Pentagon steps in to take it all away. Based on an article in Rolling Stone magazine.
- The Island, with no relation to Michael Bay movie from 2004. The story for this one is being kept secret.
- Million Dollar Strong, based on the FunnyOrDie short “What’s It Gonna Be?” by Ken Jeong and Mike O’Connell. Jeong stars in The Hangover franchise and the awesome-but-currently-on-hiatus NBC show “Community.”
Phillips has also got the found-footage party movie Project X coming out in March, though he just produced that one and didn’t direct. He’s been at WB since 2005 when he directed Starsky and Hutch, and has also directed Due Date for the studio in 2010. The Hangover Part II made a staggering $581 million at the worldwide box office, so it’s a no-brainer that Warners wants to keep the dude around.
Do any of these potential films sound interesting to you? The first two seem to have shades of Michael Bay’s upcoming Pain and Gain, so we’ll see how Phillips’ projects progress in the wake of Bay’s smaller budget action flick.