The still untitled film is written and will be directed by emerging comedic auteur Todd Rohal, hot on the heels of the Sundance success of his second feature film, The Catechism Cataclysm. The film, which is loosely based on Todd Rohal's experiences growing up, begins production this week.
The film is being financed by Marc Turtletaub 's and Peter Saraf 's Big Beach Films. Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf and Lisa Muskat are producing, David Gordon Green is executive producing, and Michael Clark and John Hodges will oversee production for Big Beach.
" Todd Rohal looks at the world through a different set of lenses than the rest of us, and yet his vision managers to be simultaneously unique and universal," Peter Saraf said. "I think that's because his humor, while twisted at times, is fundamentally compassionate and truthful. The combination of Todd Rohal with this hilariously amazing cast is going to make for an exciting ride, and we're tightening our seatbelts."
After co-creating the massively successful Jackass franchise (which ultimately spawned three theatrical films) in 2000, Johnny Knoxville has starred in a number of feature films, including Men In Black II, Lords of Dogtown, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Ringer, Walking Tall and John Waters' A Dirty Shame. Johnny Knoxville's production company, Dickhouse Productions, which he co-owned with Spike Jonze and Jeff Tremaine, has produced all iterations of Jackass, as well as the acclaimed documentaries The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia and The Birth of Big Air.
Widely regarded as one of the best and most transgressive stand-up comedians of the last decade, Patton Oswalt has released four hit comedy albums, the last of which, "My Weakness is Strong" in 2009, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Small roles in Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia, Milos Forman 's Man on the Moon and Todd Phillips ' Starsky & Hutch led to Patton Oswalt's breakout leading roles as the voice of Remy in the hit Pixar film Ratatouille and Robert D. Siegel 's acclaimed Sundance drama Big Fan, for which Patton Oswalt received a Gotham Award nomination for Breakthrough performance. For the last three seasons, Patton Oswalt starred on Showtime's Emmy-nominated United States of Tara. This Fall, he will appear in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas and Jason Reitman 's Young Adult with Charlize Theron and Patrick Wilson. His latest one-hour special "Finest Hour" debuts on Showtime on September 5th, with the CD/audio available September 20th on Comedy Central Records.
Big Beach is one of the leading indie film production companies. The Weinstein Company is releasing the Big Beach-produced Our Idiot Brother across the country on August 26th.