By Edward Davis | The Playlist June 21, 2012 at 7:00PM
Let's look at this as the good, the bad and the ugly. Max Minghella, the son of the late Anthony Minghella, is in early negotiations to join the 20th Century Fox comedy, "The Internship." The good: it's a film written by Vince Vaughn, and it reunites Vaughn with his "Wedding Crashers" co-star Owen Wilson. The bad: Neither of them have been as good since that now undisputed modern comedy classic film arrived in 2005 (Though Vaughn's "The Break-Up" is very underrated). The relatively ugly (or to be fair, slightly unfortunate): It's directed by Shawn Levy, the rather toothless filmmaker behind MOR hits like “Just Married,” “Cheaper By The Dozen” the 2006 version of “The Pink Panther” whose career unexpectedly took off after his back to back “Night Of The Museum” films became major hits (he then helmed "Date Night" and "Real Steel").
Levy then became suddenly in demand as a potential tentpole director, and almost made an adaptation "Frankenstein" and a remake of "Fantastic Voyage" produced by James Cameron (let's not forget Paul Greengrass became interested in the latter, and how these two are in the same league for the same project is anyone's guess). But Levy seems to work fast, cheap and on budget, so studios love him (his 21 Laps production shingle is now huge and he's got a least a dozen projects in development).
Variety adds that Josh Brener ("Glory Daze"), Tiya Sircar ("Friends With Benefits") and newcomer Tobit Raphael have joined the cast in supporting roles. The film centers on two recently downsized men in their forties (Wilson and Vaughn) who try to make it as interns at a successful Internet company where their managers are in their twenties. Minghella, known for his supporting turn in "The Social Network," though mostly forgotten as the lead in "Art School Confidential," will play a ruthless and competitive intern who tries to sabotage the two older men's chances. We assume and hope that with Vaughn behind the screenplay, we're looking at an R-rated comedy, but Levy's not exactly known for his edge, so at this point it's possibly a toss-up. Let us pray? Production starts this summer and let it be known that some of us are more excited about it than others.