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 (pictured below; Warm Bodies) and Leslie Bibb (pictured above; 7500, The Midnight Meat Train, Trick ‘r Treat) have signed on to star. 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 the multi-hyphenates 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.
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.
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).
Among Corddry’s many upcoming projects is the new season of his Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital this August, where he serves as creator, producer, writer, and star; starring opposite Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley in Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World; Butter opposite Jennifer Garner and Hugh Jackman; and the adaptation of the zombie novel Warm Bodies, opposite Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich. He currently is shooting Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain.
Bibb can currently be seen starring on the new ABC dramedy GCB by executive producer Darren Star and based on the book by Kim Gatlin. Her diverse film credits include starring opposite Kevin James in Zookeeper, starring opposite Jason Sudeikis in A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, Iron Man and Iron Man 2 opposite Robert Downey Jr., Confessions of a Shopaholic, Talledga Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby opposite Will Farrell, and Law Abiding Citizen opposite Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx. She also produced and starred in the comedy Miss Nobody opposite Adam Goldberg and Brandon Routh, which premiered at the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival and went on to screen at the 2010 Boston Film Festival earning her the festival’s award for Best Actress.