Frat Pack, we hardly knew ye!

9283__wedding_lThe Frat Pack, loosely identified as Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and all those other dudes who make movies together, died earlier this month. Cause of death was variously identified as backstabbing, neglect, seismic changes in the movie business, and Jim Carrey. The service will be closed-casket.

Yup, it’s over — and right at its peak. The ha-ha factory constructed by UTA agent Nick Stevens and his associates, managers Jimmy Miller and Eric Gold, has been losing high-profile clients, most recently Carrey. His departure to CAA (allegedly orchestrated by Gold himself) has reportedly opened an unbridgeable rift between Stevens, Miller and Gold, all of whom are in the process of removing each other from their speed-dials. So they’re not going to be putting together Anchorman 2: Electric Boogaloo anytime soon.

The Frat Pack was like a pro sports dynasty, with each memberearning the pay equivalent of his own Los Angeles Laker. Which was partof the problem. Studios see comedies as bargains, but the budget forthe Stiller-Carrey vehicle Used Guys, which Fox killed mere days before shooting, was ballooning to $112 million. Ripley’s Believe It or Not may have fallen apart at Paramount for similar reasons. Even with Wedding Crashers (pictured) and Talladega Nightsdoing bang up business, the infrastructure of the comedy machine wasquietly corroding, and CAA will be picking up the pieces. (BeforeCarrey, it had already snatched away Ferrell.)

So does this mean you’ll never see your favorite men-childrentogether again? Of course not. While most are moving towards soloprojects anyway (the average comedy budget can only afford one),they’ll almost certainly find ways of collaborating, if they want to.Or CAA will just poach them all and package them by the case. In thefuture, that may be the only way the increasingly cash-poor studios arewilling to buy them. Used Guys, indeed.

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  • Anna

    “So does this mean you’ll never see your favorite men-children together again? ”
    I certainly hope so.

  • Stephanie Travitsky

    The audience is not stupid. Look, I loved the teen brat pack movies when I was a preteen (which was sort of like the teen surfer movies of the 60’s)but the idea got old, same with the rebirth of the teen horror movies and the second coming of the brat pack films (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Rachel Lee Cook). This is not Sinatra, this is Chevy Chase, Dan Aakroyd, and John Candy…just better looking, and the fad also got old. So do we have any other great ideas for comedies?

  • mark in nyc

    Maybe the managers Jimmy Miller and Eric Gold can form their own company and call it Miller-Gold, then they can start all over with Vince as head of the New Brat pack…..oh wait…life and art….gotta keep them seperate.

  • Jess

    Aaw, sad news. I have no shame in admitting that I love movies like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Anchorman, and Talladega Nights. So what if they’re not fine art? They’re not supposed to be! If they make us laugh, then they’ve done their job.
    But ya’ know, those guys have proved that they can still make good movies on their own. Look at the success of 40-Year-Old Virgin, which, along with The Office, has made Carrell a huge star. And I can’t think of a more deserving comedy star than Carrell!

  • Liza

    Jack Black?
    Was he ever part of the pack?

  • Just me

    Hurray! I’m tired of these child-like actors being paid gazillions for coming up with the same lame schtick that my 10 year old nephew and his pals come up with while playing in their own backyard. Maybe now they’ll come up with truly funny stuff.
    Does this mean they may be forced to take a pay cut and accept a measly $10 mil instead of $20 mil a pic?!? Oh the horror, the horror..my heart breaks for them.

  • Ep Sato

    The costs will go down, but I imagine that the Frat Pack (what’s up with y’all giving no mention to Jud Apatow, the director/writer who’s handprint has been all over the best of the frat pack movies?) will band together and start producing their own moronic (yet hilarious) movies.

  • blackpower

    Don’t group Jack Black with those losers. Black is the man and doesn’t need any of those guys in his films to gross loot! Shallow Hal, Cable Guy, School of Rock, King Kong, Orange County, and on and on. Don’t to mention this summer’s mexican wrestling movie, Nacho Libre.

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