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'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' Star to Direct 'Figment' at Legendary

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October 15, 2014
Source: Deadline

Rob McElhenney

If I told you that one of the creators and stars of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" was going to write and direct a feature film, you'd probably assume that it was an R-rated comedy. However, you just might be surprised to learn from Deadline that Rob McElhenney (who plays Mac on the FX comedy series) has actually been lined up as the writer, director and producer of a family action film called Figment set up at Legendary Pictures. The film will follow an imaginative boy and his family who are thrown for a loop when their greatest fears come to life, and that sounds like the kind of original film we need right about now.

McElhenney has quite a big deal for this film, and he sold the pitch by showing Legendary a "four minute amalgamation of two scenes from his film." The production company bought it on the spot after the video "gave a sense of the nostalgic feeling, the wonder and imagination that conveyed the bond between the key character and his 'figment,' on a film that has thematic aspirations to be comparable to a Goonies or E.T." Seriously, that sounds pretty damn awesome. And again, we wouldn't expect that from McElhenney, but this could be the start of a whole new phase in his career after finding success on TV. Stay tuned.

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  • TheOct8pus
    He's a good writer. Some of those episodes of "It's Always Sunny" are extremely well written, not to mention clever and hilarious. I hope this does well. He deserves a shot.
  • shane willett
    He's a great writer
  • Justin R
    This plot of the film, though pretty broad, sounds great. "Always Sunny" is such a good TV series, I can't wait to see what he does with this.
  • davidshaw
    The man is creative and talented as all hell. I can't wait for this.
  • DAVIDPD
    I kind of wish this was about Disney's FIGMENT.
  • grimjob
    I'm a huge Sunny fan, and I'm glad to see him venturing out. I wish all of them continued success.

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