The Creators of ‘Reno 911!’ Have Made a Possession Film. No, Really.
My TV and I have really missed Reno 911! since Comedy Central cancelled it a few years ago. Granted, it could have become one of those shows that just ran on forever and grew less funnier due to the ravages of time and energy. But Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, the original members of the sketch comedy group The State turned screenwriting partners, really knew what they were doing. It was one of the few shows that let comedic improvisors like Key & Peele’s Keegan-Michael Key and The Upright Citizens Brigade’s Ian Roberts drive the comedy of each episode’s story to its most insane and funniest conclusions in order to produce the best show possible.
We may never learn what Lt. Dangle and Junior are up to again, even though rumors have been swirling Netflix wants to pick up the series and produce some new episodes for their streaming service the same way they did with Arrested Development. Instead, they’ve done the next best thing and taken on another entertainment trend that needs be to taken down a peg or two that isn’t another Scary Movie-esque reference fest.
The duo has written and directed a new horror-comedy movie called Hell Baby starring Childrens’ Hospital’s Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb that will get a limited theatrical release and a wide video-on-demand release, according to io9.
The film first got some early buzz at the Sundance Film Festival as one of the raunchier, more off-beat comedies in the film’s festivals usual mix of snooty art house dramas and preachy documentaries. It stars Corddry and Bibb as a couple expecting their first child who move into a run-down New Orleans mansion plagued with a demonic curse that infects Bibb’s character and her unborn child. Lennon and Garant play two of the Vatican’s best and coolest exorcists who are summoned to the home to fight the cursed baby. The movie also features performances by fellow famous funny people Keegan-Michael Key, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer and Garfunkle and Oates’ Riki Lindhome.