The two actors and producers are currently making the media rounds to promote their new sci-fi comedy flick "The Watch" which opens in theaters this Friday. The film marks the third collaboration for the two Judd Apatow-alumni who first worked together on 2009's "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" and the following year's computer-animated action comedy "Megamind." Now, the two box-office heavyweights are dropping plenty of hints that their relationship is just heating up.
The "Tower Heist" actor seemed a little upset in a recent interview after Hill fawned over co-star Vince Vaughn's comedic skills. Despite being the fifth highest paid actor in Hollywood last year, the "Little Fockers" funnyman played second fiddle in the "Superbad" actor's giggle-strewn praise for the "The Watch" cast. However, the two entertainers likely have a good work rapport given their upcoming schedules.
The actors are even rumored to be taking their relationship to the next level with the upcoming Hawaii-based production tentatively titled "Aloha." Reportedly the brainchild of the "21 Jump Street" star, the comedic duo dished the idea to "Night at the Museum" director Shawn Levy on the set of "The Watch." While the plot of the film is being kept under wraps, the trio are in negotiations with "Get Him To The Greek" screenwriter Nicholas Stoller to helm the script -- with Ben, Jonah, and Shawn cited to receive potential producer credits.
But that isn't the only future collaboration in the works. For the last two years, the humorists have been attached to the highly-anticipated "Zoolander" sequel. Stiller recently updated progress on the cult classic remake, stating "we have a script, as we've had for a little while, and it's not quite coming together right now but I hope it does."
Justin Theroux, who wrote the Stiller vehicle "Tropic Thunder" is rumored to be hashing out the screenplay which casts Hill as fashionable idiot Derek Zoolander's newest nemesis. The "There's Something About Mary" star set the scene for the second installment last year, saying "it's 10 years later and most of it is set in Europe. It's basically Derek and Hansel... though the last movie ended on a happy note a lot of things have happened in the meantime."
In addition to "Zoolander 2," excitement is mounting for the sequel to the Apatow and Adam McKay oft-quoted comedy masterpiece "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy." While the first teaser dropped in May, final details on the film have yet to emerge.
However, the "Knocked Up" writer did tell E! Online that the faux news team was eager to write in a bevy of cameos similar to the first film -- which had bit parts for Stiller, Jack Black, and Luke Wilson. "I know that they want to do a lot of that," he confided. "I just don't know who they're specifically thinking about." Longtime Apatow collaborators Stiller and Hill seem like a good bet.
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