NEW YORK — Funny man Jimmy Fallon is moving from Weekend Update to go after the weekend gross — inking a deal for his first starring role on the bigscreen.
The Saturday Night Live veteran is on board to topline a Miramax/Radar Pictures remake of the acclaimed French comedy “Tanguy.” Story follows a 28-year-old man who lives alone with his parents and is rapidly overstaying his welcome.
“Miramax has always been known for quality, award-winning films,” Fallon said. “Hopefully this movie will change all that.”
Writer Charlie Haas (“To Err Is Human”) will adapt the film from the original 2001 version, while Radar chairman and chief exec Ted Field and president Scott Kroopf will exec produce. Original pic, written by Etienne Chatiliez, was nominated for two Cesars (the French national film award).
Fallon “is a perfect fit for Miramax — a New Yorker with great taste who’s very selective about material,” says Miramax production VP Rick Schwartz. “With the rare combination of comedic and dramatic skills, we’ve always thought he could be the next Tom Hanks. Or Tom Hulce. Either way we’re happy.”
Aside from SNL, Fallon has had roles in the HBO war skein “Band of Brothers,” and the 2000 music-themed feature “Almost Famous,” among others. He’s also set to appear in the 2003 Woody Allen pic “Anything Else.”
Schwartz will oversee the project on behalf of Miramax, reporting to co-prexy of production Meryl Poster, while execs Erica Huggins and Monica Mullens will oversee for Radar.