You might know Thomas Lennon as one of the founding members of the hilarious sketch-comedy troupe The State. You might know him as a scene-stealing co-star in movies like “Balls of Fury” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” or as the writer of “Herbie Fully Loaded” and the “Night at the Museum” movies. Oh, who are we kidding? You know him as the shorty-shorts clad Lieutenant Dangle from “Reno 911!”
Recently, we caught up with one of Hollywood’s most versatile funnymen – and Lennon told us that with the “Night at the Museum” sequel on the way, the chaotic writing schedule of himself and partner-in-crime Robert Ben Garant is only getting busier, and there are robots on the horizon.
“We’ve got ‘(How to Survive a) Robot Uprising,’” he explained of his comedy script based on the tongue-in-cheek instructional book written by Daniel H. Wilson, PhD. “But I’ve got to say we have a bunch of movies in the mix, that are in the pipeline.”
Summing up his dealings around town, Lennon explained: “We’ve got ‘Robot Uprising’ with Paramount. We’ve got, obviously, ‘Night at the Museum 2,’ we’ve got ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ with Fox, we’ve got a movie called ‘The Devil You Know’ with Fox.”
“We’re just writing a lot of movies,” Lennon added, “as best we can.”
Out of that huge laundry list, however, we continue to be most excited about “Uprising,” a project that will likely need a huge narrative overhaul to work on the big screen – but will hopefully retain the rare mix of scientific fact and deadpan humor that made Wilson’s 2005 book so entertaining.
“Mike Myers, as far as I know, is still making that movie,” Lennon explained. “Which will be cool.”
Unfortunately, Myers is famous for taking years between projects – and Lennon admitted that Hollywood probably won’t get around to making the flick for a few more years. “Movies are super slow,” he shrugged. “That’s why we do ‘Reno 911.’ Because, by the time we discuss [an idea], it’s over. It’s just done and on TV, and we’ve never even had time to debate it. But movies take 6, 7, 8 years most of the time.”
Which Lennon/Garant comedy script are you most looking forward to seeing on the big screen? The “Museum” sequel, the “Walter Mitty” or “Incredible Shrinking Man” remakes, “The Devil You Know” or “How to Survive a Robot Uprising?”