IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY Star Rob McElhenney to Write and Direct FIGMENT for Legendary

     October 14, 2014


Rob McElhenney was only 27 when he created and sold the comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia to FX alongside co-creator/co-star Glenn Howerton, and it appears that he’s being equally ambitious in tackling his first feature film project.  McElhenney recently pitched a family action film called Figment with to Legendary Pictures with a four-minute test reel.  The original idea is a passion project of sorts for McElhenney, and following the pitch, Legendary has now acquired the Amblin-tinged project with McElhenney attached to write and make his feature directorial debut.  More details after the jump.

rob-mcelhenney-figmentPer Deadline, Legendary has closed a deal with McElhenney for the It’s Always Sunny co-creator and co-star to write and direct Figment based on his original idea.  The film is described as a family action adventure that revolves around an imaginative boy and his family “who are thrown for a loop when their greatest fears come to life.”  Legendary has been home to plenty of genre properties like Pacific Rim and Godzilla, but Figment may see them entering a more family friendly realm as the project’s thematic aspirations are reportedly comparable to Goonies or E.T.

This is a curious piece of material from McElhenney, and not exactly what I would have expected from his feature debut.  That said, I’m very curious to see what becomes of this, and the prospect of McElhenney teaming up with a studio like Legendary is quite interesting.  Hopefully we hear more updates soon.

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