Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant Set to Direct Hell Baby
Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant have been working together for nearly twenty years, and now they’re going to write and direct their first feature film together, entitled ‘Hell Baby.’ The duo started on ‘The State,’ and have been go-to screenwriters for, by their own admission, some of the worst comedies of the last ten years. Yet, we’re still excited by this news.
Though the duo are rightfully revered for their work on such shows as ‘The State’ and ‘Reno 911!,’ their scriptwriting career has included such films as ‘Let’s Go to Prison,’ the Jimmy Fallon/Queen Latifah version of ‘Taxi,’ and the ‘Night at the Museum’ films. They also wrote ‘Balls of Fury,’ which Garant directed, while Garant also helmed ‘Reno 911!: Miami.’ Both of which are not that great, though intermittently funny. The two wrote the book on writing crappy Hollywood comedies with ‘Writing Movies for Fun and Profit,’ which suggests self-awareness, but the times they have had more creative control (like ‘Balls of Fire’) it hasn’t always turned out great.
That said, there’s always hope the old magic will come back, and they can still be funny. Though the book did build some goodwill back for their filmmaking careers, integrity is secondary to funny when it comes to this project. Hopefully, they can deliver the funny.