Anthony Bregman of Likely Story and Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub of Big Beach announced that Paul Rudd has signed on to star in My Idiot Brother, a comedy about family and the sacrifices it takes to deal with them. Based on a screenplay by Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall, My Idiot Brother will be directed by Jesse Peretz. Production is slated to begin in July in New York. Bregman, Saraf and Turtletaub will produce for their respective companies. Caroline Jaczko, Stefanie Azpiazu and Aleen Keshishian will executive produce. Rudd and Peretz have worked together previously on The Château.
In the film, Ned (Rudd) is an idealist. His three sisters are ambitious. His mother is overbearing. Ned crashes at each of their homes, in succession, and brings truth, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives. In other words, he wreaks havoc.
Producer Anthony Bregman stated, “We love this movie because it’s a universal theme. Everyone on earth who has a brother has an idiot brother. I come from a family of three brothers, so I know that better than anyone. And what could beat the prospect of working with Jesse and Paul –who are like brothers to each other– to bring that message out into the world.”
Producer Peter Saraf added, “Paul Rudd with this script and Jesse Peretz directing is a perfect combination of brilliant ingredients to make a flat out funny movie full of heart.”