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Participant Prods might have their 'tails' between their legs

8 June 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- They tackled human rights, global warming, and genocide and now they are going the way of the Broken Lizard troupe? Variety reports that Participant Prods. is looking for some laughs and have teamed with Jay Chandrasekhar and Julia Dray to develop a comedy project. It’s a surprising move since titles Beerfest, Club Dread and Super Troopers aren’t especially witty, or necessary.To be written by Will Gluck, Taildraggers revolves around five aimless twentysomethings who work as pilots for a rickety puddle-jumper airline in the Alaskan wilderness. Action heats up when the misfits discover that a competing airline is involved in a plot to siphon oil from a nature preserve. Broken Lizard's Chandrasekhar might direct and/or star in the film as will the regualr members of the comedy troupe. »

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Participant, Broken Lizard team

8 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- Participant Prods. is teaming with some strange bedfellows, Broken Lizard comedy producers Jay Chandrasekhar and Julia Dray, to develop the broad comedy Taildraggers.

The feature, set to be scripted by Will Gluck, will revolve around a group of young pilots for a small Alaskan airline who face a bitter rivalry with a local taxi company. The wild plot line ventures into Participant's socially conscious territory when the pilots uncover a plan to dig oil from the Alaskan nature preserve.

Taildraggers is the first new Participant film announced since Jonathan King joined the company as executive vp production in April and signals a direction toward reaching younger audiences for a company known for more serious fare. Director of production Nate Moore will oversee the project.

Chandrasekhar and Dray's previous projects with the Broken Lizard comedy troupe include Beerfest, Club Dread and Super Troopers. Participant's upcoming films include Errol Morris' Iraq war torture docu S.O.P. (Standard Operating Procedure) financed with distributor Sony Pictures Classics, and Jonathan Demme's Jimmy Carter book tour docu Carter. »

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