How does a movie like Masterminds, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) with stars the level of Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, and three current Ghostbusters Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones end up on the shelf so long? Well, it doesn't help when the studio, in this case Relativity, nearly goes belly up. That's what happened and it knocked the crime comedy off its summer 2015 perch. That was followed by a stiff legal battle with Netflix that is now resolved, and we know this because a new trailer for the film is out along with a bunch of new images.
Formerly titled Loomis Fargo (and with Jim Carrey on board at one point), Masterminds is based on the true story of the 1997 Loomis Fargo bank robbery, at the time 2nd largest cash heist in history with $17.7M stolen. Galifianakis plays a bored armored car driver who is dragged into an unlikely heist thanks to a sexy co-worker. Here's the synopsis:
In this action comedy based on true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime.
Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash…only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney (Jason Sudeikis), and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most.
Will the long wait have been worth it? We'll find out when Masterminds opens on September 30th.