No one will confirm it, and considering the secrecy around the project, Universal may never disclose the rumored seven-figure price tag accompanying its deal for Jonah Hill's new screenplay Adventurer's Handbook. Still — seven figures?
EW mentioned the whispers this afternoon, including the security measures surrounding yesterday's circulation of the script (co-authored by Hill's partner Max Winkler): A handful of studio bosses received the comedy printed on "red, watermarked paper" that couldn't be copied, lest anyone know anything about the tale of "four 20-something guys who, inspired by a book of the same name, set out overseas in search of a mysterious location described in the book."
In other words, Uni bought an R-rated Goonies update with a surfeit of dick jokes and probably loose commitments from Hill, Michael Cera, James Franco and Seth Rogen to star. But don't tell anybody! Jay Baruchel will get his hopes up that someone has a scheduling conflict or something. Remember: Top. Secret.