'Parks' player finds fertile ground in Broken Lizard laffer
EXCLUSIVE: The Broken Lizard gang has tapped “Parks and Recreation” alum Paul Schneider to play the male lead in the comedy troupe’s next film, “The Baby Makers,” which is an Alliance Films/IM Global presentation.Jay Chandrasekhar (“Dukes,” “Supertroopers”) is set to direct from a script by Peter Gaulke and Gerry Swallow (“Ice Age: The Meltdown”). Story follows a married couple who fail to conceive after months of trying, prompting the husband to enlist his friends’ help to rob a Pasadena sperm bank, where he made a deposit as a young man. All of the Broken Lizard members are expected to co-star, with Kevin Heffernan playing the protag’s crazy best friend, who hooks him up with an Estonian master thief, played by Chandrasekhar. Other Broken Lizard members include Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske. Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Prods. is producing with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones’ Automatik Entertainment, alongside Chandrasekhar and his former assistant Aaron Behl. IM Global’s Stuart Ford exec produces. Production on the low-budget laffer is scheduled to start this summer in Los Angeles. Alliance Films and IM Global previously teamed on the hit horror pic “Insidious,” which was produced by Blum and Kavanaugh-Jones. Schneider recently starred in Craig Gillespie’s “Lars and the Real Girl,” Jane Campion’s “Bright Star” and Sam Mendes’ “Away We Go.” Thesp can currently be seen alongside Robert Pattinson in 20th Century Fox’s “Water for Elephants.” Schneider is repped by CAA.