Marcus Raboy has been tapped to helm the urban comedy “Tow Truck” for Our Stories Films and Broken Lizard.
Written by Darryl Francis and Dean Ward, the story follows two brothers who resurrect a moribund tow-truck business to earn enough money to save their neighborhood from commercial development.
Francis wrote the first draft while serving time at the Wayside County jail outside Los Angeles. He sent the pencil-written pages to manager Danny Sherman, who introduced Francis to comedy writer Ward. Together, Francis and Ward fleshed out the story.
Our Stories’ Tracey Edmonds is producing alongside Broken Lizard’s Richard Perello and Julia Dray.
Shooting is set to begin in late spring.
“(I) have been looking for the right project, so when ‘Tow Truck’ came up — being a fan of Broken Lizard (ever) since they did ‘Super Troopers’ — I knew it was a great opportunity,” Raboy said.
Raboy, whose credits include “Friday After Next,” recently finished directing the Wayans brothers-produced pilot “The Life and Times of Marcus Felony Brown” for VH1. He has also helmed musicvideos for Mary J. Blige, Sting, the Dixie Chicks, Ice Cube, Carlos Santana and Sean Kingston.
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Founded in 2006 by Robert Johnson, Our Stories finances and produces urban films in the $10 million-$15 million range.
Broken Lizard’s credits include “Beerfest” and “Club Dread.” The comedy group is in production on “The Slammin’ Salmon” and is developing a number of projects as part of their first-look deal with Warner Bros.