11.28.07 11 years ago 38 Comments

Matt Perry has signed on to play a grown-up version of anime character Zac Efron in 17, a script written by the guy who wrote Bringing Down the House and, according to IMDB, an upcoming movie called Gangsta M.D.

In a scenario that turns the concept of "Big" on its head, the Jason Filardi-penned script follows a middle-aged father who wakes up to find he’s 17 again.  In order to be close to his children, he enrolls in their school. [Reuter]

Turns Big on its head, yeah, super creative.  Totally doesn’t remind me of Freaky Friday, Never Been Kissed, Vice Versa, Like Father Like Son, 18 Again!… But it’s being produced by Adam Shankman, who’s known for being really original.

The only intriguing part about this is the director: Burr Steers, a man with a name so manly his only other employment options were rodeo clown and gay porn star.  So who the hell is this guy?  According to his Wikipedia page, his father is a congressman, his mother is a stepsister of Jackie O, and his stepfather was a spy for the Soviet Union.  He also played "Flock of Seagulls" in Pulp Fiction (he shows up 2:00 in).  No, seriously.

Why isn’t the movie about this guy again?  He’s like Bill Brasky and Bruce Greenwood rolled into one.  I heard he once ate the Bible while water skiing!

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