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Good news, Bluth buffs: Variety is reporting that Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz will soon be directing his first feature film, the pharmaceutical comedy Guinea Pigging. Written by The State veterans Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon (also known as Deputy Junior and Lt. Dangle from Reno: 911!), the movie will apparently explore the “guinea pig underground” of professional drug trial subjects. »
Even after "Arrested Development" was revived on Netflix earlier this year, there's still rumblings of a movie in the future. However, series creator Mitch Hurwitz will be directing a different feature film comedy before that. THR reports Fox 2000 has picked up a new comedy called Guinea Pigging with Hurwitz attached to direct a script from comedians, Night at the Museum writers and "Reno 911!" creators Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. The film is based on an article from The New Yorker which chronicled the lives of semiprofessionals who work as test subjects for drug companies, hospitals and universities. As of now, Guinea Pigging would mark the feature directorial debut of Hurwitz if no other projects come his way before this one gets off the ground. The film is concisely described asa "sophisticated comedy about a human drug-test subject who volunteers for testing at a pharmaceutical company and experiences unusual side effects. »
- Ethan Anderton
"Reno 911" creators Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant are penning the script based on Carl Elliott's 2008 New Yorker article about a community of semi-professionals who spend their lives as test subjects for drug companies, hospitals and universities.
The comedy follows a a human drug-test subject who volunteers for testing at a pharmaceutical company and experiences unusual side effects.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Given the focus and attention on "Arrested Development" over the past many, many years, you might be shocked to learn that a) creator Mitch Hurwitz has done lots of other projects outside the Bluth family (just check IMDb) and b) he's never directed a feature. And now he's ready to tick both those boxes with a new project that doesn't involve the words Gob, George Michael, Maebe, Buster, Lucille, Tobias and Michael. Rather, they involve the names of writing team Tom Lennon and Robert Ben Garant ("Night At The Museum") who have penned the movie "Guinea Pigging," which Hurwitz will direct. Based on a 2008 New Yorker article by Carl Elliott (read it in full right here), the story will follow someone who does human drug testing for a living and experiences unusual and probably very wacky side effects. It all seems right in Hurwitz's wheelhouse of human yet oddball stories, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After bringing Arrested Development back from the dead on Netflix earlier this year, creator Mitch Hurwitz is ready to step into the feature film world. THR reports that Hurwitz will direct the comedy Guinea Pigging for Fox 2000 with Night at the Museum scribes Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant writing the script. The story is based on a 2008 New Yorker article about the world of people who make a living acting as test subjects for drug companies, hospitals, and pharmacies. The script is described as “a sophisticated comedy about a human drug test subject who volunteers for testing at a pharmaceutical company and experiences unusual side effects.” This will mark Hurwitz’s feature directorial debut, though he has directed several episodes of Arrested Development. Though Lennon and Garant have made a living penning more family friendly pics like The Pacifier and Herbie Fully Loaded, the Reno 911! duo have also written »
- Adam Chitwood
Fox 2000 has acquired an untitled pitch from Chernin Entertainment, Conde Nast and Principato-Young with “Arrested Development” creator Mitch Hurwitz attached to make his feature film directorial debut.
Chernin will produce along with Jeremy Steckler and Dawn Ostroff who will produce through Conde Nast Entertainment as well as Peter Principato who will produce through Principato-Young with “Reno 911″ creators Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon penning the script.
Inspired by the 2008 New Yorker article by Carl Elliott chronicling the secret “Guinea pig underground” of pharmaceutical trial subjects, the comedy following a loveable loser who signs on to be a test subject. After taking the trial drug, he wakes up to find that this “limitless” drug has transformed his life — but with consequences.
Given the large following that both “Arrested Development” and “Reno 911″ have established over the years, »
- Justin Kroll
In a hefty seven-figure deal, Fox 2000 has picked up Guinea Pigging, a comedy project to which Mitch Hurwitz, the creator of TV’s acclaimed cult comedy Arrested Development, is attached to direct. Night at the Museum writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant are attached to pen the script. Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and David Ready of Chernin Entertainment are producing along with Peter Principato of Principato Young Entertainment as well as Conde Nast Entertainment’s Jeremy Steckler. Story: 'Arrested Development,' 'Breaking Bad' and CNN Score PGA Nominations Pigging is based on a 2008 New Yorker article by Carl Elliott that
- Borys Kit
While we’re still hoping that Mitch Hurwitz lives up to all the chatter about an Arrested Development film, the director of the cult comedy has his eye on something else he may bring to the big screen. He’s attached to direct medical testing comedy Guinea Pigging.Written by Night At The Museum duo Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, Guinea Pigging is adapted from Carl Elliott's 2008 article in the New Yorker (read it here) which focused on otherwise healthy human beings who agree to enrol in complicated, sometimes dangerous medical experiments and drug tests, balancing the payday against possibly serious side effects.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will be a “sophisticated comedy about a human drug test subject who volunteers for testing at a pharmaceutical company and experiences unusual side effects.” Fox 2000 is putting the cash up for the film, which might end up as Hurwitz’ feature directorial debut. »
In today's TV renewal announcements, the hard-to-kill series The Killing and freshman comedy game-show @midnight will be returning for another run. In the case of the AMC crime drama, which was canceled by the network earlier this year, the final six-episode season will air exclusively on content-streaming juggernaut, Netflix. The current three seasons of The Killing are also available to stream via the provider. In more conventional TV renewal news, comedy game-show @midnight will get a full 40-episode order for 2014, making host Chris Hardwick's schedule even more insane than it already is. Hit the jump for more on both renewals. As the La Times reported earlier, @midnight will enjoy a 40-episode season that mimics the production schedule of the network's The Daily Show and Colbert Report. Produced by Hardwick, Serious Business, Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant and Funny or Die, the game show was a ratings success during its four-week trial run, »
- Dave Trumbore
Viacom’s Comedy Central said it had picked up “@Midnight,” a late-night program hosted by Chris Hardwick featuring comedians bantering about the day’s social-media sensations, and will put it on the same schedule as “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report.”
The cable network said it has given a 40-week order for the program, which it hopes will develop into a third late-night franchise alongside the two more-established shows that precede it. “Daily” airs at 11 p.m. weeknights and is followed by “Colbert”a half-hour later.
The show is set to return in 2014.
The reasoning behind the pick-up is simple: At a time when the audiences of many of the veteran late-night programs on TV are skewing older, Comedy Central’s offerings attract youth. The network said “@midnight” drew an average of 142,000 viewers between the ages of 18 and 24 between the show’s Oct. 21 launch date and »
- Brian Steinberg
There’s no avoiding it: the world is getting a Night At The Museum 3. Director Shawn Levy has been talking about it for a while and just last month, word arrived that Robin Williams was making a deal to return as Teddy Roosevelt. A newcomer to the franchise has now emerged, as Variety reports that Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens will be Lancelot in the new movie.Beyond the fact that Ben Stiller will be back as Larry Daley and the possibility of a trip to London this time, very little has been revealed about Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant’s latest script for the family-friendly franchise. Stevens’ casting and character certainly seem to support the idea of a trip to our fair capital city, however. Let’s hope the Natural History Museum (assuming that’s where the living exhibits are headed) survives. Either that, or Greenwich might »
The cast continues to build for Night at the Museum 3. Ben Stiller was the first to sign on, respiring his role as night security guard Larry Daley. Then came Robin Williams, who appeared as Teddy Roosevelt in the last two movies. Now, Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens has agreed to appear as living mannequin Sir Lancelot of the Roundtable.
Shawn Levy returns as director of this billion dollar franchise. This time, the action will take place in London, though no further story details have been revealed. It is known, though, that Sir Lancelot is the main villain of the movie this time out.
Dan Stevens recently appeared in the WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate and will next be seen in A Walk Among the Tombstones. It is believed that original writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant are returning for scripting duties, but that has not yet been confirmed by the studio. »
Director Shawn Levy's Night at the Museum 3 has found its first all-new character, Sir Lancelot, in Dan Stevens. The Hollywood Reporter has the news, saying that the "Downton Abbey" star will join the returning Ben Stiller and Robin Williams. A living museum version of the figure of Arthurian legend, Lancelot is said to be be the film's chief antagonist. The third film in the franchise (the first film earned $574.5 million worldwide and the second one took in $413.1 million) will start shooting in February for a December 25, 2014 release. Expected to be set in London, Night at the Museum 3 is written by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. It is not known if other stars from the previous films, such as Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Hank Azaria and Christopher Guest, »
[Press Release] Los Angeles, CA (October 21, 2013)— Millennium Entertainment is proud to announce the home entertainment release of Hell Baby, the new comedy from the creators of the hit series “Reno 911!” Written and directed by Thomas Lennon (“Sean Saves the World”, Night at the Museum, Reno 911!: Miami) and Ben Garant (“Reno 911!”, Night at the Museum, Reno 911!: Miami) Hell Babyy marks the comedy duo’s co-directing debut. Hell Baby stars Leslie Bibb (Iron Man 2, Movie 43), Rob Corddry (The Way Way Back, Pain & Gain), Michael Ian Black (This is 40, Reno 911!), Riki Lindhome (Million Dollar Baby, HBO's "Enlightened") Paul Scheer (FX's "The League," Bride Wars), and Rob Huebel (The Descendants, Celeste & Jesse Forever). Hell Baby was released theatrically on September 6, 2013 »
- Pietro Filipponi
The moose is loose. DreamWorks Animation is giving audiences a dose of nostalgia in 2014 with an all new short film Rocky & Bullwinkle, featuring the legendary June Foray as the voice of Rocket “Rocky” J. Squirrel.
This original and updated short will bring everyone’s favorite moose and squirrel back to the hearts of fans around the world while introducing the duo to a new generation.
Also in 2014, the studio will release Mr. Peabody and Sherman on March 7, reintroducing characters who initially appeared on the original Rocky & Bullwinkle Show.
“For an incredible 83 years, June Foray has left a tremendous imprint on the entire entertainment industry,” said Executive Producer Tiffany Ward. “Her amazingly indelible performances have enchanted generations and earned her a permanent place in the annals of popular culture.”
The original Rocky & Bullwinkle Show (originally titled Rocky and His Friends) began airing on November 19, 1959 with supporting »
- Michelle McCue
Rocky and Bullwinkle are back. Dreamworks Animation is producing a brand-new short film featuring the lovable duo that will screen in front of the forthcoming animated comedy "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," the studio announced Monday. Directed by Gary Trousdale ("Beauty and the Beast," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame") and written by Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant ("Night at the Museum"), the new effort will feature the voice talents of June Foray (a.k.a. the original voice of Rocket J. Squirrel) and Tom Kenny ("SpongeBob SquarePants") as Bullwinkle Moose. Along with "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," the film is slated for release on »
- HitFix Staff
Rocky and Bullwinkle are often viewed as not only some of the most beloved but also some of the most well known animated characters of all time. This year the original series The Rocky And Bullwinkle Show was voted the sixth greatest animated television show of all time by TV Guide. So it seems fitting that Dreamworks Animation have announced plans to produce a brand new short featuring the characters that will be released next year.
Its strange to think that the last time we saw these characters was in the live action film adaptation that was released in 2000, despite the fact that movie theaters have been practically flooded with animated films and adaptations of other cartoons ever since. Having said this the 2000 film received incredibly mixed reviews from critics and didn’t fare too much better at the box office either. The new animated short will bring back June Foray as Rocket J. »
- Ben Read
The first trailer for the long-gestating DreamWorks animated feature adaptation of Mr. Peabody & Sherman was released just over a week ago, showing off the voices of Ty Burrell, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Allison Janney, Mel Brooks, and many others in the revival of the '60s cartoon. Now comes news that legendary animation director Gary Trousdale (Beauty And The Beast, The Lion King) is making the first Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoon in 50 years to accompany the movie, working with Reno 911! co-creators and family film writing partners Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, and featuring June Foray as Rocky and Tom »
The moose is loose. DreamWorks Animation is giving audiences a dose of nostalgia in 2014 with an all new short film Rocky & Bullwinkle, featuring the legendary June Foray as the voice of Rocket "Rocky" J. Squirrel. This original and updated short will bring everyone's favorite moose and squirrel back to the hearts of fans around the world while introducing the duo to a new generation. Also in 2014, the studio will release Mr. Peabody and Sherman on March 7, reintroducing characters who initially appeared on the original Rocky & Bullwinkle Show.
"For an incredible 83 years, June Foray has left a tremendous imprint on the entire entertainment industry. Her amazingly indelible performances have enchanted generations and earned her a permanent place in the annals of popular culture."
The original Rocky & Bullwinkle Show (originally titled Rocky and His Friends »
The last time someone tried to bring Jay Ward's cult cartoon characters Rocky and Bullwinkle to the screen, the result was the less-than-successful 2000 flopbuster, which all involved – particularly Robert De Niro – would probably rather forget. DreamWorks Animation will be hoping for better luck with an animated short film aimed for release sometime next year.Featuring the original voice of Rocket “Rocky” J. Squirrel, June Foray, and SpongeBob’s Tom Kenny as moose pal Bullwinkle, the new short is most likely tied to the release of DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody And Sherman, which utilises the moose and the squirrel’s cartoon stable mates (see the latest trailer below).No information has been released about the plot, but it'll probably see our heroes going up against villains such as Cold War troublemakers Boris and Natasha. We do, however, know that Beauty And The Beast’s Gary Trousdale will direct from a script »
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