Director/Writer: Judd Apatow knows how to write (The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005) and This is 40 (2012) and direct (The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005), and Knocked Up (2007)) the adult ‘coming of age’ story. One believes that in order to appeal to modern audiences a plot that is dated in many ways someone like Apatow would have to be at the helm of such a project. His crude but honest approach would surely be enough to fill theater seats.
DP: Russ T. Alsobrook has worked on several films (Superbad (2007)) and television shows (New Girl (2011-18)) that like Apatow, give a mature audience their representation in the ‘coming of age’ tale. He knows how to make a comedy look credible and compatible with dramas due to his framing and lighting (something that was a positive in the original film). Given his previous work with Lyle Workman (whom I will get to in a minute) and it is the first half of a successful team for this Revamp aesthetics.
Composer: Lyle Workman has an ear for comedy. Known for Superbad (2007), Yes Man (2008), and Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), he knows how to make the soundtrack fit the situation of the lead’s ups and often many downs. As previously mentioned, his working relationship with Alsobrook would help Apatow produce something that could and would grab the attention of the audience.
Jack Butler – David Harbour has had a variety of roles across a variety of genres. Whether it was comedic (Drunk History (2018), action-packed (Suicide Squad (2016), or his more paternal and rough-around-the-edges widely known role in Stranger Things (2016-19), he knows his range and how to execute it well. Given the situational humor based on the original Mr. Mom and the modern take that Apatow would take, it would be a smart consideration to bring Harbour on board.
Caroline Butler – Like Harbour, Vera Farmiga (Orphan (2009), Up in the Air (2009), and Godzilla King of Monsters (2019)) has a variety of roles and genre’s under her belt that have been both memorable and a crutch. While she is not the first person to come to mind when one thinks of comedy, she would be the soothing and maternal match to Garr’s performance, and could still offer a laugh or giggle here or there.
Ron – Joshua Jackson. Now hear me out: yes, he is not the older and more successful man that the original Ron was, however the twist on age could offer some new air to the role. Think about how many young CEO types have an ego to them, and think they are the cat’s meow when it comes to the ladies. While Jackson is known for more straightforward and dramatic roles (The Mighty Ducks (1992), Dawson’s Creek (1998-03), Children of a Lesser God (2017)) he could have a funny side hiding behind those focused eyes.
Joan – Kathryn Hahn has become one of the more frequent faces of comedic actresses in recent years. She can also be seductive and silly as hell. Whether you know her from We’re the Millers (2013) Parks and Recreation (2012-15), or Bad Moms (2016), you know that she will go to any lengths to lure the man next door into her web.
Jinx – Sam Rockwell (Charlie’s Angels (2000), Iron Man 2 (2010) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) has a track record of playing the cowardly big talker in several of his films, as well as the backstabber in others. To think he almost played Tony Stark is mind-blowing considering he is no Robert Downey Jr. While he is no Tambor either, he could be an acceptable Jinx in the remake of Mr. Mom.