Warner Bros. really wants to be in the Todd Phillips business as Deadline reports the Hangover and Due Date filmmaker has set up four movies with the studio after he extended a first-look deal with Warner. The films include Mule, based on the acclaimed novel by Tony D’Souza about a young couple who turn to drug trafficking to make it through the recession
There’s also Arms and the Dudes, based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson that follows two stoners from Miami Beach who become big-time arms dealers, until the Pentagon turned on them. The Island is based on a story by Travis Fickett and Terry Matalas, with a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel (Due Date), but there aren’t any story details on that one. Finally there’s a film based on the YouTube and FunnyOrDie sensation What’s It Gonna Be by Mike O’Connell and Ken Jeong, in which the duo pose as a mock rap duo.
Phillips first three films under his initial production deal with Warner Bros. have generated more than $1.2 billion at the global box-office, so it’s little surprise the studio wants to keep the relationship going. At the moment Todd is only producing these movies, but it’s likely he’ll pick some to direct, while also making The Hangover Part III for Warner.