One of the first guys I met in this business was Lee Eisenberg, who at the time, was a young writer on NBC’s The Office. Lee and I are from the same small town in Massachusetts, and our community had burdened him with the position of unofficial L.A. outpost for all nice Jewish boys.
Lee didn’t know me from a hole in the wall, but he took the time to have coffee with me and give me some career advice before sending me on my merry little way. We haven’t kept in close touch over the years, but I always appreciated that chat, because it helped me find my bearings in a strange new city.
Since then, Lee and his writing partner Gene Stupnitsky have written a pair of feature comedies, including the hit Bad Teacher ($216 million worldwide), and created an HBO show (Hello Ladies) with Stephen Merchant.
Now, the dynamic duo are officially embarking on a new chapter in their career, as they’ve been set to make their feature directorial debut with GOOD BOYS, a comedy they wrote that will be produced by Good Universe and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Point Grey Pictures.
In the vein of R-rated comedies such as Superbad and Sausage Party, Good Boys follows four 12-year-olds caught between childhood innocence and lewd teenage corruption, who embark on an epic quest from Tarzana to the Sherman Oaks Galleria to replace a broken drone before their parents get home.
Rogen and Evan Goldberg will produce with their Point Grey partner James Weaver, while Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will executive produce. Josh Fagen will oversee the project for Point Grey, and Brady Fujikawa will oversee on behalf of Good Universe.
Eisenberg and Stupnitsky wouldn’t take on this challenge if they didn’t feel they were ready for it, and by now, they should be well prepared to step behind the camera, having worked with the great Harold Ramis on Year One. I wish them the best of luck with this film and especially the casting process, since this movie will probably live or die based on the chemistry between the four young leads.
The Emmy-nominated and WGA Award-winning writers are represented WME, Mosaic and attorney Robert Offer, while Point Grey is repped by UTA and attorneys Fred Toczek and Chris Abramson. Dan Freedman of Good Universe negotiated the deals on behalf of the producers.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief