'Zombieland' Writers Reese & Wernick Directing 'Doc and Howie'
Now this is an interesting turn of events. Screenwriting duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote Zombieland and are working on the new G.I. Joe sequel and Deadpool scripts as well as the Cowboy Ninja Viking adaptation at Disney, are to make their feature directing debut a script that, oddly, is not their own. THR's RiskyBiz reports that the project is a comedy called Doc and Howie, which was shortened from its original longer descriptive title Doc and Howie Whack a Granny when it was on the Black List. TV writer & producer Steve Leff wrote the original screenplay. Interested to see what these guys can do as directors next.
Described as being in the tone of Harold and Kumar, Doc and Howie is about two guys - Doc and Howie - who accidentally kill an elderly woman when they neglect to help her carry her groceries up the stairs. In a "fortuitous twist," the incident brings them into contact with the woman's hot granddaughters (of course), and they struggle with the dilemma of whether to tell them the truth. Montecito Picture Co is producing. I'm not really sure what to think about this yet, as it honestly sounds like some wacky Farrelly Brothers kind of comedy, not something I'd expect to see Reese/Wernick interested directing, but I should wait to see or hear more about it. It's a bit too early to criticize this now, as it might still be good! What do you guys think?