On the heels of a disappointing $18 million opening weekend for “The Internship,” which reteamed “Wedding Crashers” stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, the film’s director, Shawn Levy, fired the intern who has been predicting for over a year that the film would bomb at the boxoffice.
According to Jake Riley, the unpaid intern who has worked at Levy’s 21 Laps Production Company since last July, he told Levy several times to follow the advice of the brutally-honest coverage he wrote on the screenplay for “The Internship” and pass on the project.
“I warned Levy that if he shot the film with that script and premise, ‘The Internship’ would be lucky to make more than an actual intern,” Riley told Hollywood & Swine. “I should have kept my mouth shut and realized that anyone who produced ‘The Watch,’ probably doesn’t like to listen to constructive criticism.”
Levy immediately denied he fired Riley because the intern was overly-critical of “The Internship,” and claims the cause for the intern’s dismissal was because Riley leaked a copy of the screenplay for “The Internship” online weeks ago in an attempt to show how humorless and contrived the movie was.
Unfortunately for Riley, his plan to expose “The Internship” screenplay failed, since most everyone online felt they knew exactly how the generic Vince Vaughn-Owen Wilson comedy was going to turn out so there was no need to read the screenplay.