Ken Marino will be in the movie adaptation of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps books. The Party Down and The State actor will play a supporting role in the film, also called Goosebumps, joining stars Jack Black, Amy Ryan, Dylan Minnette, and Jillian Bell, Deadline reports. Directed by Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens, Gulliver's Travels), the movie follows a boy and R.L. Stine's niece teaming up when a bunch of Stine's imaginary monsters are set free in the town of Greendale, Maryland. Marino is playing blowhard football Coach Carr, while Black is playing R.L. Stine. The movie is set for a March 2016 release.
Jack Black has acquired the rights to develop and produce a remake of he British film Wizard's Way, Variety reports. The comedy follows two friends who are completely obsessed with the fictional online fantasy roleplaying game Wizard’s Way, and it was written and directed by Joe Stretch, Socrates Adams-Florou, and Chris Killen. The movie is about to have its US premiere this year at the Slamdance Film Festival. Jack Black will executive produce via his company Electric Dynamite.
Jack Black and Tim Robbins have joined a new dark comedy series in the works at HBO. The Brink, which was ordered to pilot in September, will focus on an unidentified "geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men." Robbins will play the Secretary of State, while Black will play a low-level foreign service officer; the third lead character, a Navy fighter pilot, hasn't been cast yet. Weeds writer Roberto Benabib is penning the script with his brother Kim, and Jay Roach (Meet the Parents, Austin Powers), will produce and direct the pilot.
Comedy Central's newest series, Drunk History, is set to premiere tomorrow night. The show is based on the popular Funny or Die web series that features drunk comedians retelling historical events while performers reenact said event. Here's a new clip from the first episode which chronicles Elvis (Jack Black) and President Nixon's (Bob Odenkirk) famous meeting and uncovers some truths about the run-in, like how Nixon made Elvis into a licensed narcotics agent apparently.