Joe and Anthony Russo will direct “You, Me and Dupree” for Universal Pictures.
Owen Wilson will star in the laffer, about a best man who stays on as a houseguest with the newlywed couple, ultimately wearing out his welcome.
“Dupree” has been a high-priority project for U since the studio paid seven figures for Mike LeSieur’s “Dupree” script earlier this year (Daily Variety, March 17) .
Wilson will also produce, while Aaron Kaplan and Sean Perrone will exec produce.
Studio is eyeing a start date later this year, possibly as early as August. Another producer is likely to be assigned to the pic before it gets under way, though U says no decision has been reached. “Dupree” has been widely mentioned as a project that outgoing vice chairs Scott Stuber and Mary Parent may bring with them in the transition to their new shingle (Daily Variety, April 17).
The fraternal helming duo won an Emmy for their work on Fox skein “Arrested Development.” Their previous feature work includes caper pic “Welcome to Collinwood.”
Recently, though, the pair have been inking directing deals at a furious pace, including two laffers with “Arrested Development” star Will Arnett: an untitled comedy at U and “Dad Can’t Lose,” also with Arnett, at Paramount. They’re also attached to “Barry and Stan Gone Wild” at New Line and to Par’s thriller “Triggerfish.”
Overseeing “Dupree” for U is production prexy Donna Langley.