We’ve made it no secret that we at The Playlist are big fans of the Amy Poehler-led NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation,” but as the show has become more of an ensemble piece over its four season run, actor Nick Offerman’s character Ron Swanson has become a particular fan favorite. Offerman has proven he can make the potentially one-dimensional Swanson – a manly libertarian who just so happens to be the director of the Parks Department – a fully fleshed-out character capable of having audiences laugh at his way with a socket wrench – and occasionally he’ll warm your heart (especially if it involves Andy). We’ve been hoping he’d find more work on the back of the popularity of his ‘Parks’ role, and things have certainly been going that way, with parts in this year’s Sundance hit “Smashed” and Diablo Cody‘s forthcoming directorial debut.
Now Offerman tells Buzzsugar in a rather hilarious interview that he’s lined up two more feature projects, saying, “I’m getting ready to do a film called ‘Toy’s House,’ which I’m really excited about, and then I think later in the Fall I’m working on a film called ‘We’re the Millers’ for New Line, which is a really great comedy.” So let’s look a bit closer at these. First up, “Toy’s House” is from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the man behind the excellent short film “Successful Alcoholics” starring T.J. Miller and Lizzy Caplan. We’ve been waiting to see when he might make his feature film debut, but details on this one are scarce at the moment. However, last month, the Greater Columbus Film Commission posted on their Facebook page that “the film is a heartfelt comedy about three unhappy teenagers who flee to the wilderness where they build a makeshift house and live off the land as masters of their own destiny.” Filming is set to begin this month with Tyler Davidson (“Take Shelter“), Big Beach Films (“Little Miss Sunshine“) and Low Spark Films producing. Chris Galletta wrote the script.
On the other end of the spectrum, “We’re The Millers” has been developing forever with Will Arnett, Steve Buscemi, Jason Bateman and more all involved at one point or another. The last we heard, the stoner comedy had Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis circling roles in the film, which follows a low-level pot dealer who decides to make one last big score. However, to get the supply he needs for the job, he puts together a fake family and herds them into an RV and heads to Mexico to pick up 1,400 pounds of marijuana. No word on if Aniston or Sudeikis are still involved or what Offerman’s roles are in either film, but we’ll be keeping an eye out and an ear to the ground.
It should be an interesting road for Offerman as his career continues to take off over these next few years – we just hope his road is paved in bacon and eggs.