EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director Sherwin Shilati broke into commercials with his 2008 short I Kicked Luis Guzman In The Face. Now another comedy short is getting him notice behind the scenes. Writer-actors Neil Hopkins (Lost) and John Forest (Young Adult) star in Neil & John In: The Key, a high-concept, lowbrow spoof of self-help ethos The Secret spun off from their Funny or Die webseries Neil & John. Shilati pitched The Key‘s risque concept to the pair, amassed a crew, and shot it over the course of a weekend. The trio split a budget that “cost as much as a used Xbox and 5 games” by calling in favors and snagging VFX shots virtually for free. But rather than release The Key on YouTube or other digital platforms, the threesome privately sent it around to industry connections, and it began circulating virally around town. It landed Shilati meetings with studio execs and agencies; now he’s repped by Benderspink and UTA. Hopkins and Forest, who are repped jointly by SDB Partners, are pitching Neil & John as a TV property. Check it out:
Hot Short Film: ‘Neil & John In: The Key’
What's Hot on Deadline
'The Good Place's Jameela Jamil Blames Porn And Music Videos For Consent Issues Following Aziz Ansari Allegations
Two More Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Stunt Coordinator Joel Kramer Include One Involving 10th Grade Girl
Eliza Dushku's Former Agent & A Friend Confirm Her Sexual Assault Story On 'True Lies' Set: "Nobody Really Did Anything"
Aziz Ansari Allegations Open New Chapter in #MeToo Movement, Ansari Responds "I Took Her Words to Heart"
Arnold Schwarzenegger "Shocked" About Eliza Dushku's 'True Lies' Allegations, Calls Her "So Courageous"
'True Lies' Stuntman Joel Kramer Dropped By Talent Agency After Eliza Dushku Accused Him Of Sexual Assault
Leah Remini Hints Scientology Behind Paul Haggis Claims; Church Slams "Reprehensible Smokescreen" - Update
Latest Film News
- ‘On Her Shoulders’: Alexandria Bombach’s Sundance Docu Reveals Price Of Becoming Voice Of A People
- USC Scripter Awards Nominations: Ties Make For Loaded Flim & TV Field
- '70s Screen Icon Pam Grier Speaks On Sex Harassment & Her Biopic With Jay Pharoah Playing Richard Pryor
- Trevor Jackson & Jason Mitchell To Star In Sony’s ‘Superfly’ Remake From Director X; Future, Steven R. Shore…
- Saudi Arabia Fund Eyeing Endeavor Stake; May Invest $500M+ In WME Parent
- VES Awards Nominations: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ & Latest ‘Apes’ Lead Film; ‘Thrones’ Rules All With…