Darko Entertainment and Principato-Young Entertainment announced today the companies will produce Hell Baby, which will mark co-screenwriters Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant’s feature film directorial debut. Darko Entertainment will finance the film. Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb have signed on to star. Hell Baby will be produced by Darko Entertainment’s Sean McKittrick, Jeff Culotta and Ted Hamm; Principato-Young’s Peter Principato and Paul Young; and Garant/Lennon Productions. The film is set to start production on location in New Orleans in April.
In the horror comedy Hell Baby, a young expectant couple moves in to New Orleans most haunted fixer-upper and calls upon The Vatican’s elite exorcism team to save them from a demonic baby. Lennon and Garant will portray that team.
The film is an original script from Lennon and Garant, who have written nine feature films together including Night at the Museum, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Taxi, Reno 911!: Miami, Balls of Fury, and The Pacifier. They are currently writing Rentaghost for 20th Century Fox and Ben Stiller.
As an actor, Lennon has appeared in numerous films including I Love You, Man, Bad Teacher, and the forthcoming comedy What to Expect When Your Expecting, which will be released in May.
Garant has directed such features as Reno 911!: Miami and Balls of Fury, which he co-wrote with Lennon. He also directed numerous episodes of the television series, Reno 911!. Additionally, Garant wrote the feature Jessabelle, which will begin production next month in Wilmington, North Carolina for Lionsgate Films and will be produced by Blumhouse Productions and Principato-Young Entertainment.
Their television credits include MTV’s “The State,” Comedy Central’s “Viva Variety,” and the long-running and hugely popular “Reno 911!,” which spawned a feature film, Reno: 911!: Miami. Their first book, Writing Movies for Fun and Profit, was published last July and was a staple on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List, and will come out in paperback this July (Touchstone Books/Simon & Schuster).
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