The folks that brought you 'The Matrix' and 'The Hangover' have teamed up, but you don't get to know anything about it.

Deadline New York reports that 'Hangover' director Todd Phillips will pair with super-producer Joel Silver for a project so shrouded in mystery that's its known only by its working title: 'Project X'.

Details about the film are as perplexing as they are intriguing. The film has a "hard-R rating," a $12 million dollar budget -- strikingly low for a major studio film -- and features a debut director, Nima Nourizadeh (with Phillips and Silver producing), who has directed only videos and commercials in the UK (see his recent, celebrity-laden Adidas ad here). The folks that brought you 'The Matrix' and 'The Hangover' have teamed up, but you don't get to know anything about it.

Deadline New York reports that 'Hangover' director Todd Phillips will pair with super-producer Joel Silver for a project so shrouded in mystery that's its known only by its working title: 'Project X'.

Details about the film are as perplexing as they are intriguing. The film has a "hard-R rating," a $12 million dollar budget -- strikingly low for a major studio film -- and features a debut director, Nima Nourizadeh (with Phillips and Silver producing), who has directed only videos and commercials in the UK (see his recent, celebrity-laden Adidas ad here).

Casting agents have launched a major national talent search for the film's college-aged stars, but Phillips and Silver want each role to be a debut. Script pages are being distributed, but only select, watermarked pages.

No word yet on if they self-destruct after reading.

The buzz around the film seems quite similar to the fervor around the release of 1999's 'American Pie,' a low-budget comedy which launched the writing/directing career of brothers Chris and Paul Weitz ('Twilight: New Moon,' 'About a Boy') and featured the mostly unknown cast of Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid and Seann William Scott, among others.

The film spawned a franchise that (needlessly?) maintained itself with sequels for over 10 years, with last year's 'American Pie: The Book of Love' going direct to video. (As we previously reported, 'American Pie 4' is now in the works.) Phillips and Silver hope that 'Project X' can spawn similar longevity, but hopefully with a little more success.

Production is set to begin production in mid-June, once Phillips finishes work on the Zach Galifianakis/Robert Downey Jr. comedy 'Due Date,' and has 'The Hangover 2' hitting theaters on Memorial Day, 2011. Silver's got 'The Losers' coming out later this month.


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