Ben Garant to Adapt Japanese Graphic Novel 'Tuxedo Gin' for Disney
After working with writing partner Thomas Lennon to bring us the Night at the Museum franchise and episodes of "Reno 911!" on the opposite end of the spectrum, Deadline reports writer and comedian Ben Garant has been tapped by Disney to adapt of the Japanese graphic novel Tuxedo Gin. This deal has been in the works for about two years, but the studio has finally locked down the story which follows a young street fighter who falls into a coma and learns that he has lived his life so selfishly that he only has enough karma points to be reincarnated as an animal 15 pounds or less. Yes, there's a talking animal coming.
Trapped in the body of a chin-strap penguin, he tries to overcome the humiliation of being reduced to such a creature and rack up enough good deeds to get his old body back and save the girl he loves. The storyline seems to have that family friendly feel that Garant has become skilled delivering despite his mature comedic sensibilities, but apparently the graphic novel has a pretty gritty undertone that will hopefully come through and allow for more than childish humor. Honestly, I've enjoyed Garant's family fare working with Lennon, so I'm interested to see what he can do branching out on his own as a writer.