Oren Uziel

Good news/Bad news here, seems like Jonah Hill is not quite ready to jump into the deep end of the directing pool just yet. While the comedian has made huge leaps forward in his career recently, producing, co-writing, and co-starring in 21 Jump Street as well as earning his first Oscar nomination for his performance in Moneyball, Jonah’s apparently not going to be helming a project himself any time soon, as he has stepped aside and been replaced as the director on The Kitchen Sink.

It is now being reported by Deadline that filmmaker Robbie Pickering will be directing the project instead. Based on a script by Oren Uziel, which made the 2010 Black List (a list of the most popular unproduced screenplays in Hollywood in any given year), the movie is about a teenage vampire, zombie and human who have to work together in order to stop an alien invasion.

Pickering’s first film, Natural Selection, which he both wrote and directed, premiered at SXSW last year where it earned a number of prizes, including the Audience Award, Grand Jury – Best Narrative Feature, and Best Screenplay. Most recently Pickering nabbed a Best First Feature nomination at the Independent Spirit Awards.

If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard much about Natural Selection, it’s because despite the fact that it was picked up for distribution by The Cinema Guild, the movie hasn’t been given a release date yet. Hopefully that will change soon and we can learn what we can expect from The Kitchen Sink.

In 2010, Mortal Kombat rose from the ashes of the forgotten and its new format made it a hit on Youtube  Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, a series of short live-action episodes, with its astounding graphics, choreographer, and story line people all over the web watched weekly and were left wondering “What’s next?”At the time of release, people speculated that these short episodes were meant as a way for Director/Choreographer Kevin Tanchareon to test the waters on making another full-length Mortal Kombat film. In reality,  Tanchareon and his studios purpose for the short web-series was meant as an audition for the company to consider him to make a film.


Well, it looks like the audition payed off. New Line Cinema has officially started plans on making another Mortal Kombat film, which will be written by MK: Rebirth writer Oren Uziel  and directed by Tanchareon. Slashfilm reports that:

Deadline and THR both report on the film but there aren’t many details. No actor deals are in place, and there isn’t even a script. THR says ‘ new story will not serve as an extension of the game of digital series.’ That’s a bit mangled, but if you replace ‘of’ with ‘or,’ it makes more sense. In other words, this MMK will be an all-new thing rather than something that spins off a story from the recent games or the web series.”


So for all of those who whose palates are unquenched by the amazing shorts brought out by Tanchareon your wishes have come true! He will now be working on the next new installement to the Mortal Kombat franchise.


This guy gives chubby nerds hope. Jonah Hill has kissed Emma Stone, traded jokes with Seth Rogan, Adam Sandler, and scores of talented comedians. He’s done The Simpson. There probably hasn’t been many funny films that you haven’t seen this guy in or heard his voice.

Today it was revealed by THR that Jonah is making his move to direct The Kitchen Sink, it’s about “a human teenager, a vampire, and a zombie must save their town from an alien invasion.” It’s so over the top, that the title of the screenplay “The Kitchen Sink“ is in reference to the popular saying that something has everything but the kitchen sink. This movie has everything but werewolves and ghosts. Sony Pictures has acquired the movie, and Jonah Hill is the first choice to direct.

Written by Oren Uziel, the screenplay has been pitched as “The Breakfast Club” meets “Zombieland.” The movie begins with high school kids being attacked by zombies. While the kids and zombies fight, the zombies are attacked by vampires. Just then, a bright light comes from the sky, and all the Earth bound characters realize that aliens have landed on Earth and they must fight together to drive off the invading aliens.

Has a little for everyone it seems. So much fantastic in a single dose could be the films down fall, or it could be the greatest thing EVER! I hope for the latter but being that Jonah is fat and this is his first directorial gig I do have my worries. Course, he is an Apatow guy, they can do no wrong.

source: THR