The Broken Lizard comedy troupe will begin production of “The Slammin’ Salmon” in January with indie financing.
Kevin Heffernan will direct and co-star along with Broken Lizard members Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske. Story, to be penned by the troupe, revolves around a restaurant owner and former heavyweight champ who pits his wait staff against each other in a “Glengarry Glen Ross”-like competish.
Richard Perello will produce for Broken Lizard with Julia Dray and Peter E. Lengyel serving as exec producers.
Broken Lizard has a deal at Warner, but raised the coin for this project independently in order to get it into production before a potential SAG strike.
“We wanted to go back to our independent roots and get a project off the ground and into production quickly,” Heffernan said.
Broken Lizard is developing “Ambulance Chasers” and an untitled project under its first look deal at Warner. It also has set up “Taildraggers” with Participant Pictures and “Pony Bush” with Dimension. Earlier projects include “Beerfest” and “Super Troopers.”