You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Fallon funnies ‘Tanguy’

'SNL' vet to topline remake of French pic

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.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Ted FarnsworthDeadline's Cocktails on the Croisette,

    Former MoviePass Chairman Ted Farnsworth Trying to Buy Failing Subscription Company

    Ted Farnsworth, the financier who helped set in motion MoviePass’s meteoric rise and precipitous fall, has submitted an offer to purchase the beleaguered subscription service and its parent company, Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. Financial terms of the offer were not disclosed, but Farnsworth, who served as the company’s chairman and chief executive officer is [...]

  • Billy Crystal Comedy 'Standing Up, Falling

    Ben Schwartz and Billy Crystal Comedy 'Standing Up, Falling Down' Picked Up By Shout! Studios (EXCLUSIVE)

    Shout! Studios has acquired all North American rights to comedy feature “Standing Up, Falling Down,” starring Ben Schwartz, Billy Crystal and Eloise Mumford. The theatrical release for the film, which debuted at Tribeca Film Festival, is slated for early next year. Schwartz, whose credits include “Parks & Recreation” and “Blue Iguana,” voices the title character [...]

  • Cocina Belleza

    San Sebastian: ‘Cocinar Belleza’s’ Sergio Piera, Toni Segarra Talk Culinary Art

    Cognoscenti of culinary documentaries relish how open the genre is, driving deep into technique, amazing spectators by revealing the profession’s depths. Rarely, however, does a documentary decide to sidestep the well-known beats of the genre, step back and capture a bigger picture that asks about the nature of beauty and art rather than culinary craftsmanship [...]

  • Netflix-logo-N-icon

    Netflix Orders Danish Supernatural Thriller Series 'Equinox'

    Netflix has ordered “Equinox,” a six-part Danish supernatural thriller series based on the well-known podcast Equinox 1985 which will be created by Tea Lindeburg (“Kødkataloget”). Set to start shooting later this year, “Equinox” will be executive produced by Piv Bernth (“The Killing”) at Apple Tree Productions, which is backed by ITV Studios. Production is expected [...]

  • Nina Wu Midi Z Un Certain

    Chinese Indie and Indian Films Dominate Pingyao Festival Lineup

    Chinese indie and Indian films dominate the lineup of the Pingyao International Film Festival. The main selection for the festival’s third edition will include 28 world premieres, organizers revealed on Monday. The event will screen 52 films from 26 countries and territories, with all of them having their China debut. The opening film is set [...]

  • 'Sound of Metal' Review: Riz Ahmed

    Toronto Film Review: 'Sound of Metal'

    “Sound of Metal” is a film with a potent, searing hook. It stars Riz Ahmed, who is such a sensational actor (just watch him in “Jason Bourne” or “Nightcrawler” or “The Sisters Brothers”), as Ruben, a punk-metal drummer, heavy on the tattoos and peroxide, who has been thrashing away as part of a caterwauling noise [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content