Hot off his success in The Hangover Part II – which just broke the $500 million dollar mark globally – Ed Helms is already lining up new projects. Deadline says that the actor, who also appears on television’s The Office, will star in True North for Warner Bros.
Based on a pitch from writer Rob Pearlstein, True North finds Helms playing an arrogant travel show host named Brian North. On a constant search for fame and celebrity, North spends more time traveling the globe than with his wife and kids. When his plane crashes in India, North spends two years in a coma – and wakes up to find that the world thinks he’s dead and that no one recognizes him thanks to his extensive reconstructive surgery. Apparently now clear on what’s important in life, he returns to New York to make amends with his family.
True North marks the third film the actor has added to his docket, alongside titles like Paramount’s Jeff Who Lives at Home and planned voice work in The Lorax for Universal. Pearlstein, meanwhile, has worked mostly in television and was a 2006 Oscar nominee in the Best Short Film – Live Action category for his work on Our Time is Up.
It’s hard to make any kind of judgment call on the basis of a gussied up logline, but a project like True North sounds more generic than awesome based on that pitch. Helms is a good performer, though – and with the right director and a good script (preferably one that doesn’t go for the more obvious scenes the synopsis brings to mind), there’s definitely potential in the project. The question is, will Helms and company will be able to capture it?