Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Colin Farrell and Charlie Day are in talks to star in New Line’s workplace comedy “Horrible Bosses” says The Hollywood Reporter.
Based on Michael Markowitz’s spec script, the black comedy revolves around three frustrated friends who conspire to murder each other’s bosses with unexpected and rather calamitous results. The three bosses include a master manipulator, a sexually aggressive dentist (Aniston) and a weaselly scion (Farrell).
Bateman plays a hard worker who gets passed over for a promotion. Day’s character, who works for Aniston, plays a guy who gets innocently caught in the worst possible places and times.
The long-gestating project was originally setup in 2005 with the likes of Owen Wilson, Ashton Kutcher, Vince Vaughn, Matthew McConaughey and directors like Roger Kumble and Frank Oz all attached at one point or another.
Since then Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley rewrote the script, while Seth Gordon (“Four Christmases”) became attached to direct. Brett Ratner and Jay Stern are producing.