EXCLUSIVE: Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco has made a deal with Lionsgate to develop a multi-generational comedy he will cowrote as a starring vehicle. Maniscalco is teaming on the script with Austen Earl (The Great Indoors). It will be inspired by Maniscalco’s stage routines, which touch on his Italian American family. The aim is for an Italian-flavored My Big Fat Greek Wedding-type comedy. The story follows two families from different worlds as they look to celebrate their first summer holiday together. Maniscalco will be executive producer.
Maniscalco recently completed his first movie roles, in the Martin Scorsese-directed The Irishman for Netflix, and in the Viggo Mortensen-starrer Green Book.
This coincides with Maniscalco’s emergence as one of the top touring comics in the country. Last weekend, he played five full houses at Radio City Music Hall, where he shot his latest stand up special for Netflix. The streaming service won that deal in a competitive auction. He also recently sold out Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, almost 20,000 seats. Maniscalco is repped by LEG, UTA, and Greg Gellman