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Rob McElhenney to Make His Feature Directorial Debut with Family Film 'Figment'

It's Always Sunny star Rob McElhenney is set to make his feature directorial debut. Deadline reports that McElhenney will produce, direct, and write a family action comedy called Figment for Legendary Pictures, who reportedly closed a "potential seven-figure commitment" with McElhenney after he presented them with a four-minute test reel and 20-minute pitch for the film. Figment centers on "an imaginative boy and his family who are thrown for a loop when their greatest fears come to life." The reel McElhenney presented to Legendary reportedly "has thematic aspirations to be comparable to a Goonies or E.T." Figment follows last month's news that McElhenney and his Always Sunny costars [...]

David Cross Just Directed His First Movie

David Cross recently finished directing his first movie, a dark indie comedy called Hits, Deadline reports. Cross both wrote and directed the film, which explores fame in the YouTube era, set in a small town in upstate New York. Cross assembled quite an impressive cast for Hits, with Matt Walsh, Meredith Hagner, James Adomian, Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac and Jake Cherry making up the ensemble cast. Julia Stiles, Michael Cera, Dave Koechner, Amy Sedaris, Erinn Hayes, and Russ Tamblyn also make appearances. Cross is currently developing a series with Showtime about a travel writer leading a double life, and he has a book with Bob Odenkirk out next week [...]

Jesse Plemons and Sissy Spacek to Star in 'SNL' Writer Chris Kelly's Directorial Debut

SNL writer Chris Kelly is turning his life into a Hollywood movie. The Wrap reports that Adam and Naomi Scott are producing a film by Kelly with Jesse Plemons (Friday Night Lights) and Sissy Spacek set to star. Titled Other People, the film will be Kelly's directorial debut and serve as an autobiographical look at "a gay Saturday Night Live writer who returns home to Sacramento to be with his mother (Spacek), who is in the final stages of terminal cancer. While home, he struggles to deal with a painful recent breakup and reconcile with his conservative father's disapproving attitude regarding his sexuality."

Kelly has been an [...]

Kristen Wiig Is Directing Her First Movie

Comedy superstar and budding drama actor Kristen Wiig is set to direct her first movie. Variety reports that the SNL alum will direct and costar with her longtime friend and collaborator Annie Mumolo in an upcoming movie where they play "best friends who find themselves in over their heads and out of their depth." While no further details on the project have been revealed, Wiig and Mumolo released the following statement: "We’re very excited to be writing. We will be going into a cave for months to finish. An actual cave. We found one that’s nice and big. We’re putting a couch in there." And here's a statement [...]