Fred Armisen Will Lead The Next Comedy From Bad Santa Director Terry Zwigoff

By Nick Venable 2013-06-14 11:36:13discussion comments
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Even though films coming out of the Saturday Night Live camp arenít as numerous as they once were, the long-running sketch comedy has never failed to produce its share of Hollywoodís comedy-leading men and women. And now you can add President Barack Obama to that list ofÖoh wait, thatís not Obama, itís Fred Armisen.

Armisen will take the lead role in the next comedy from director Terry Zwigoff (Bad Santa), according to TheWrap. Currently untitled, the project formerly went by the name Justice For Al, and it was co-written by Zwigoff and Melissa Axelrod, who served as his assistant on Bad Santa. It will be produced by Vincent Landay, whom the story repeatedly mentions has produced all of Spike Jonzeís films, which may or may not be hinting at an off-kilter approach to the story. And if anybody can play off-kilter with mastery, itís Armisen, who has seemingly portrayed just about every type of human being alive on IFCís Portlandia.

Heíll play Al Fishkin, placed under house arrest for a crime that he didnít commit. Only it isnít his own home, itís his childhood home, where he has to live with his parents again. And get this-- Al gets together with a few of his friends in a plot to take revenge against the man who framed him for the crime. Just add a subplot of someone raising money for a non-noble cause, and this sound like several other SNL movie I can think of. To be expected, thereís also a romantic angle, but the script is ďessentially about how growing up is harder the second time around.Ē All I can say is, thank the son of Satan (Little Nicky) that this isnít an Adam Sandler vehicle.

Though he has a possible exit from SNL on the horizon, Armisen and Carrie Brownstein will be back for another two seasons of Portlandia at least. Can Zwigoff turn Armisen into a movie star?

The film is currently securing financing and casting supporting roles, with a goal of shooting later this fall.
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