By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist September 14, 2012 at 3:29PM
We don't do the standalone synopsis thing too often, but given that thus far details have been hazy on both these upcoming comedy and action pics from Universal, we figured they warranted a bit of attention.
First up is "Identity Thief," the Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman vehicle being primed for release in just a few short months (trailer coming soon then?). As we've already known, the story centers on a man whose identity is stolen by a woman, but this new breakdown of the story points toward a road trip comedy of sorts with a ticking clock thrown in as well. Here it is:
Horrible Bosses' Jason Bateman and Bridesmaids' Melissa McCarthy lead the cast of Identity Thief, an all-star comedy in which a regular guy is forced to extreme measures to clear his name. With everything to lose after his identity is stolen, he'll find out how crazed you can get trying to settle a bad credit score.
Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Miami, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy. There's only one glitch: The ID she's using to finance these sprees reads "Sandy Bigelow Patterson"... and it belongs to an accounts rep (Bateman) who lives halfway across the U.S.
With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life. And as he attempts to bribe, coax and wrangle her the 2,000 miles to Denver, one easy target will discover just how tough it is to get your name back.
Directed by Horrible Bosses' Seth Gordon, Identity Thief is produced by Scott Stuber (Ted), Bateman and Pamela Abdy (upcoming 47 Ronin). The comedy co-stars Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip "T.I." Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick and Eric Stonestreet.
So just as outrageous as we'd want something like that to be, and with the movie just around the corner, a bigger taste with pics and clips is likely coming soon. Meanwhile, Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington have been hanging out making the thriller "2 Guns." And if you liked "Contraband" and "Safe House," this is right up the same alley (and the director of the former, Baltasar Kormakur, also helms here):
Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in 2 Guns, an explosive action film that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together. But there is a big problem with their unique alliance: Neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent.
For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Washington) and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Wahlberg) have been reluctantly attached at the hip. Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down.
When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, Trench and Stigman are suddenly disavowed by their superiors. Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other. Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few tricks along the way.
"Identity Thief" opens on February 8, 2013 with "2 Guns" following on August 16, 2013.