EXCLUSIVE: When you’ve covered film projects as long as I have, you can only wish to come across project log lines you haven’t heard a million times before. My wish has been granted by the Summit Entertainment comedy The Wee McGinty, which has just been creatively taken over by Night at the Museum scribes Tom Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. Said an insider: “Think Bourne Identity, but plug in a leprechaun instead of Matt Damon.”
Lennon and Garant have just closed deals to rewrite the script for Garant to direct, with Lennon playing a major supporting role. The premise: the height-challenged wish-granter loses his memory, and settles in with a group of Chicago firefighters. That bliss is threatened when he is discovered by his paramilitary leprechaun brethren. Among the pyrotechnics: a wish-off that involves a fire-breathing Doberman. Mark Gibson and Phil Halprin were the original writers.
The duo, repped by CAA and Principato Young, just finished writing, exec producing, starring in and directing a pilot for FX called Alabama, their first series since Reno 911!