The first teaser trailer for Paul, directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland), was recently released by Universal Pictures. This sci-fi/action/comedy looks very far out from Mottola’s previous features. Starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Paul takes a look into two nerdy best-friends visiting Area 51 when they accidentally run into Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen). After spending 60 years in a military facility, Paul the alien decides to escape and the adventure begins when he chooses to hitch a ride with Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Collings (Frost) in their RV.
This looks far different from what we have seen coming from Mottola. It is more near Superbad with its comedy, but more slapstick and not nearly as dark, bleak, and full of teen angst as Adventureland. The alien special effects look a little cartoonish as well. I hope that it is still being worked on, but if that is what the final rendering of Paul, then this is certainly a downgrade in the special effects department; almost as low as Scooby-Doo.
The film also co-stars Jane Lynch, Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, and Jeffrey Tambor.