Posted on Saturday, November 20th, 2010 by Germain Lussier
Let this be a lesson to any aspiring writers out there. Write fun, interesting flicks and you are going to get a ton of work. Take Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick for example. They’re the guys who wrote Zombieland, a modestly budgeted film that was a hit with both fans and critics. And though they’d each been working in the business for several years on varying projects, including The Joe Schmo Show, it took one little spark and they’re off to the races. Reese and Wernick are writing a sequel to Zombieland for Sony, a second G.I Joe film for Paramount, the Deadpool spinoff for Fox, are adapting the comic book Cowboy Viking Ninja for Disney and developing Earth vs. Moon at Universal. They basically have something set up at every studio in Hollywood because of Zombieland, which was originally conceived as a TV show.
But wait, there’s more. As if Reese and Wernick weren’t busy enough writing, the pair has just signed on to make their directorial debut with the comedy Doc and Howie for Montecito, which has a first look deal at Paramount. Read more about the movie’s potential filled premise after the jump.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of Reese and Wernick’s deal to direct the film, which is written by Steve Leff. Leff is best known for producing or writing several TV shows that are no longer with us like Roommates, Good Morning Miami and Inside Schwartz.
Doc and Howie was originally called Doc and Howie Whack a Granny when it appeared on last year’s Black List (The new title is better, even if it’s less lyrical.) and it’s about a pair of guys who don’t help an old lady with her groceries and there by become responsible for her death. This leads them to meet her gorgeous granddaughters and Doc and Howie have to decide whether or not to tell the girls about their role in Granny’s demise.
According to the THR report, the film shares a tone with Harold and Kumar – which leads one to believe the guys are buffoons and there will be a lot of slapstick humor. Which is fine. But if Reese and Wernick can balance that with some heart like they did in Zombieland? Well, now we’ve got something.
Does Doc and Howie sound like something that could work? How do you feel about screenwriters jumping in front of the camera?