Tom Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, co-writers of the Night at the Museum films, have taken over creative duties on a new project called The Wee McGinty. The comedy duo, with whom you’re probably familiar thanks to Reno 911!, will be rewriting the script together; Garant (Reno 911!: Miami) will direct and Lennon will star in a large supporting role. But the premise is the best part. Hit the jump for the awesomeness.
A source told Deadline: “Think Bourne Identity, but plug in a leprechaun instead of Matt Damon.” The plot sounds ludicrous, and I’m psyched to see it. Here’s the breakdown of the premise:
[A] height-challenged wish-granter loses his memory, and settles in with a group of Chicago firefighters. That bliss is threatened when he is discovered by his paramilitary leprechaun brethren. Among the pyrotechnics: a wish-off that involves a fire-breathing Doberman.
This sounds like the craziest logline since Hot Tub Time Machine. The original script was written by Mark Gibson and Phil Halprin, so we have their inventive minds to thank for it; now Garant and Lennon will come in and polish things up with a rewrite. No word yet on who may play the titular leprechaun, but I wouldn’t put it past these guys to go with some crazy casting. We’ll keep you posted with more details as they become available.
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