Los Angeles—Critics are salivating over yesterday’s announcement by Warner Brothers that they have given the green light for another holiday-themed star-studded romantic comedy from Garry Marshall: “Arbor Day!”
Despite not one single solitary positive review for the first two holiday romantic comedies in Marshall’s “Holi-lilogy” series, an anonymous source at Warner Brothers admitted the films, “made just too damn much money, we had to go for a third one!”
“We’re really thrilled to get going on ‘Arbor Day!’ because it’s a romantic comedy that has an environmental message, too,” the source said. “That combination is rare these days, with the notable exception of ‘The King’s Speech.’ But even that film, I think, you really had to look hard to find the message. But we’re excited!”
Within 15 minutes of making the announcement, several of the stars of the first two films Tweeted their excitement to do the third one, including Ashton Kutcher, who tweeted, “cant w8 2 du another Rom-Com w/ my boi G Marshall!!!!! Rbor Days gonna be HUUGE!!”
“Glee’s” Lea Michele, who appeared in the second film, also expressed her excitement, tweeting, “Hoping the money’s right for this next 1, and that I have the time, but really looking 4ward to it!”
Representatives for Jessica Biel, who, like Kutcher, also appeared in both prior films, released a statement saying how excited she is that “not only will I be in the next Garry Marshall film, but I’m also engaged to the love of my life, Justin Timberlake. Just wanted to remind everybody, we’re engaged. So hands off. He’s mine girls. You’ve been warned. Stay the hell away.”
Cary Elwes, Topher Grace, Taylor Swift, Hilary Swank, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alyssa Milano, Zac Efron, George Lopez, Jamie Foxx and Kathy Bates, all of whom appeared for one reason or another in one of the two first films, also have inexplicably agreed to appear in this one.
The script, written by the same poor soul who wrote the first two movies, Katherine Fugate, was completed during a red-eye flight from Seattle to New York last Thanksgiving. Filming is scheduled to begin at the end of May with a release date tentatively scheduled for mid-April next year, just in time for Arbor Day 2013.