Back during the end of last summer 20th Century Fox made the announcement that they planned to go forward with a new, big-budget comedy starring both Jim Carrey and Ben Stiller.
Sounding like a great combination, Used Guys would tell the story of 'pleasure clones' meant to please a future dominated by women. I think I have had dreams about this same exact scenario.
Anywho, 20th Century Fox picked up the project after it sat on the backburner and, almost a year later, they are ready to pull the plug as well.
Fox Waves Bye to Used Guys
According to Variety, 20th Century Fox has pulled the plug on Used Guys with the film's production set to begin in June.
Though the studio claims the reason they pulled out on the film is because of delays in the 'futuristic settings', those close to Fox claim the picture house got cold feet when the budget began to go north of $110 million; a crapload for a comedy pic. Fox claims the constant delays would mean the production for Used Guys would not have time to end before both Stiller and Carrey leave for other engagements.
Fox has found a win in the situation though. By pulling Used Guys they were able to free up the weekend of June 15th, 2007. Fox has now moved the sequel to Fantastic Four up from July 4th to June 15th to fill the gap; and to get away from Transformers (story coming shortly).
Carrey's next pic after Used Guys is Ripley's Believe It or Not!, which director Tim Burton plans to get under way for Paramount in November. Stiller, who is in production on holiday pic A Night at the Museum, has not yet announced a film for his fall slot.
Those who said budget concerns were a bigger issue noted that Carrey, Stiller and Roach were all disappointed to learn the news. Studio had originally been trying to get Used Guys made for around $90 million.
According to Fox, "All the parties remain committed to making the picture when time permits."