Jon Hamm & Zach Galifianakis Join Undercover Agent Comedy ‘Keeping Up With the Joneses’

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Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis Attached to Keeping Up With the Joneses Jon Hamm & Zach Galifianakis Join Undercover Agent Comedy Keeping Up With the Joneses

Sometimes what makes an otherwise mediocre buddy comedy work is the unexpected chemistry of its lead actors. Think Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street or Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in Heat

Now with Mad Men winding down and The Hangover films finished (at least for the time being), that next buddy comedy team-up might very well be John Hamm and Zach Galifianakis. 

According to THR, Hamm and Galifianakis are attached to star in Keeping Up With The Joneses, a comedy that follows a suburban, type-A couple who discovers that their neighbors are undercover agents. The project has been in development by producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald for a few years now. Greg Mottola (Superbad, Paul) has signed on to direct, with Hamm and Galafianakis’ contracts still in the works.

Mottola has been revisiting his television roots for the past few years, directing some episodes of The Newsroom as well as the HBO original movie Clear History, which starred Larry David and also featured Hamm.

Michael Cera on Superbad 2 Jon Hamm & Zach Galifianakis Join Undercover Agent Comedy Keeping Up With the Joneses

Greg Mottola’s ‘Superbad’

Embracing his comedic abilities is exactly what Hamm needs to do now that Mad Men is coming to a close. After establishing his dramatic chops on the AMC hit, his appearances on Saturday Night Live and supporting roles in a number of films proved that he is capable of being incredibly funny. His next projects include Disney’s warm-and-fuzzy-looking Million Dollar Arm and The Sound and the Fury directed by James Franco, so starring in a straight-up comedy is the perfect follow-up project.

Galifianakis, on the other hand, has been a hit or miss the past few years. Despite earning over 15 million views for Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns episode featuring President Obama, his awkward brand of humor may be getting a little tiresome for viewers, if the critical response to Due Date and The Hangover 3 are an indicator. Then again, Mottola is a master at awkward comedy, so perhaps he can bring out the best in both actors.

What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Does an undercover agent comedy movie featuring Don Draper and Alan from The Hangover sound good to you?


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Source: THR

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  1. I’m sold on the premise. Could be comedy gold.

  2. Sounds kind of like a ‘Joneses’ movie that’s already out there. ‘The Joneses’ with Demi Moore and David Duchovny. While they’re not secret agents, they are living a double life in a suburban neighborhood and their neighbors find out.

    • I don’t think so. Aside from the name, it sounds entirely different.

      • I did say kind of. I get the actual synopsis of the movies are different but it’s not incorrect to state that the premise is the same, The Joneses are portraying to be someone they’re not/living a double life.

        I get that ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ is an idiom, but it was used to compare a neighbor or family who felt they needed to have what everyone else had.

        So for me, when I hear ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ I don’t think buddy cop/secret spy movie. I think of the Demi Moore/David Duchovny movie.

        Unless of course these guys are flaunting cool spy toys and the neighbors want to get the same toys and then in turn find out they’re spies.

  3. This could be great if Galifianakis isn’t type-cast as his usual role. His awkward humor is great, but it gets to a point where it’s just nerve-racking and makes his movies almost unbearable. I have a lot of faith in Greg Mottola and if anyone can pull it off, it’s him.

  4. you know what would be awesome for this movie,
    switch the role of the cast.
    the should go away from the typical and predictable setting.
    (predictably, Jon Hamm as the sleek James Bond-ish agent, and Zach Galifianakis as the baffled neighbour -scratch that…)
    it’ll be a fresh take for audience and rise everyones’ eyebrows.

    what you guys think?