Entertainment Weeklyran an interview with Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant yesterday all about their beloved Comedy Central series Reno 911!, from the "Naked Jamaican" idea that didn't pan out to the movie sequel that never happened to which sketch is now used in an LA police training video. At the end of the interview they were both asked about the possibility of bringing back the show in some form — Lennon says they've had casual talks with Netflix in the past — and here's what Garant had to say of the idea:
It's not a hard show to do. There's a reunion that you can see [...]
Paramount has decided to revamp the Naked Gun franchise for some reason, and Ed Helms has signed on to star as Detective Frank Drebin, the lead role Leslie Nielsen made famous in the late eighties and early nineties. According to Variety, the studio has also brought in the writing team of Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant to pen the screenplay "as a new spin on the Drebin character," which sounds like possible plans for more sequels with Helms. It's a strange move considering how well Nielsen — who passed away only three years ago — made the role his own, but maybe Helms will somehow prove [...]
The Sundance Film Festival announced its 2013 lineup this week, and two new comedies from noted comedy duos will be making their world premieres at Sundance's Park City at Midnight program: Ass Backwards, written by Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael, and Hell Baby, written and directed by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. Both feature tons of talented comedy folk on both sides of the camera and look pretty awesome. The festival runs from January 17-27 if you can't wait a few months for these movies to make it to theaters. Hit the jump for the first images from Ass Backwards and Hell Baby and for the official synopses, [...]
Last season ended with Victoria ditching her wedding and driving off with Ted. Well, the premiere will feature the man she was leaving at the alter, Klaus. You know, the kinda close Klaus from her class. Thomas Lennon will be playing that Klaus. The episode centers around Future Ted (aka the narrator) telling the story of the time Present Day Ted told a cold feet possessing Robin the story of when he insisted that Victoria leave Klaus a note before they drove off into the distance. Either way, for Balls of Fury fans, you'll get to relive Lennon's glorious German accent.
Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant are stepping out of the screenwriting circle and into the directing triangle with horror comedy Hell Baby, starring Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb as a young couple who have a…hell baby. Lennon and Garant will also star as "the Vatican's elite exorcism team" called in to defeat the demon seed.
Corddry and Lennon are always funny onscreen, but you have to admit that Lennon and Garant's screenwriting record (Night at the Museum, Night at the Museum 2, The Pacifier) may be focused more on making money than producing amazing movies. But maybe as directors, the pair will have more direct [...]
It just occurred to me that the Paul F. Tompkins web series Speakeasy is just like Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, only with cocktails instead of coffee, a host whose supreme fanciness is unparalleled, and more focus on genuinely interesting comedian-to-comedian conversations than promotional tie-ins. In the latest episode, Tompkins talks to Thomas Lennon about his $11K line in the Will Smith movie Hancock, screenwriting work with Ben Garant, Morrissey superfandom, and more.
Inspired by the work of regular Andrew Lloyd Weber, Comedy Bang Bang! is airing its first all-musical episode on IFC tonight. Here, guest Casey Wilson is whisked away from Scott Aukerman by the ruthless Phantom of CBB, who wants her for his own talk show.
Gajillionaires is a new animated series coming to Comedy Central next year about a couple of super-rich old white brothers (who are definitely not based on the Koch brothers) and their adventures in conservatism. This here is the original pilot/presentation made for the network. Obviously, Comedy Central liked it, as it was picked up to series. And with good reason! This quick look is really fun, it'll be great to see it expanded into a full show. And the voice talent! Rob Corddry, Thomas Lennon, Paul Scheer, Jordan Peele and Riki Lindhome are all on board, which is a murderer's row you can't argue with. Look for more info [...]
"Ben [Garant] came up with a pretty simple way to express [the basic movie formula]: You take a guy and put him up in a tree, then you throw rocks at him, and then you get him down from the tree. Die Hard, The Matrix, Casablanca: all of these movies have heroes pulled into a situation against their will, who then end up winning. That’s structure. It can be liberating, though, because following structure gives you less to have to worry about." - Thomas Lennon on how to write a big successful Hollywood movie. Part of six simple tips to write the next Night At The Museum 4: Night At [...]
Every year during TV's pilot season (it's happening right now!), each network develops three times as many shows as it actually needs, seeing what works and what doesn't before deciding which shows to pick up. While most of the rejected shows are turned down for a reason, every once in a while, TV networks let a show slip by that could have turned into something special. Let's take a look back at 10 TV series that networks passed up, including the shows that spun off Spinal Tap and Between Two Ferns, the community college comedy that's not Community, and a show that's been described as "Reno 911! in space."
Screenwriting team Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant are currently in final negotiations to pull off what seems like an impossible cinematic feat. THR reports that the duo are attached to write a movie adaptation of the hit 1980s Choose Your Own Adventure book series, with We're the Millers director Rawson Marshall Thurber already signed on to direct. While it's way too early to know how Lennon and Garant plan to adapt well over 200 books that cut across multiple time periods and genres, if there's anyone who can successfully write a Choose Your Own Adventure movie it's the Night at the Museum guys.
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The Dark Knight Rises seems like one of those serious movies, in which serious people talk gruffly about dire matters. Well, apparently there will be at least one scene of slight comic relief. Thomas Lennon plays a very smart alecky doctor who very sarcastically breaks news to his patients. I know Gotham is a cynical place with crime and inscensant gloom, but when a man has no cartilage in his knees, maybe pretend to be slightly saddened for him, even if he is super rich. He might be the doctor Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. (Yep, that is the second reference to that [...]
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