After teaming up for 4 Jackass motion pictures collectively, together with the latest, 2013’s Dangerous Grandpa, Paramount and Johnny Knoxville are again at it once more. The actor has signed on to star in, produce and co-write the script for brand new comedy Motion Park. The studio is already eyeing a March manufacturing begin in South Africa, however no different forged members have been confirmed presently.
The Hollywood Reporter first broke the information on this undertaking, which Johnny Knoxville will produce alongside Billy Gerber and Derek Freda. Johnny Knoxville may even co-write the script with John Altshuler and Dave Krinsky, who’re finest recognized for co-creating the hit HBO sequence Silicon Valley with Mike Decide. Tim Kirkby is ready to direct, having most not too long ago directed the pilot episode of Amazon Studios’ hit sequence Fleabag.
The story facilities on what would occur if “Knoxville and his cohorts irresponsibly designed and operated their very own theme park.” It is not recognized if this temporary synopsis is referring to the actor’s rowdy “cohorts” from the Jackass film franchise, equivalent to Bam Margera, Steve-O and Wee Man, or fully totally different characters. Regardless, it will mark Johnny Knoxville’s return to Paramount after various tasks in a row, equivalent to 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dangerous Grandpa, though he did not return to voice Leonardo in final yr’s sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja: Out of the Shadows.
If this undertaking is in the identical vein because the Jackass motion pictures, it may very well be fairly the worthwhile hit for Paramount. Dangerous Grandpa, which basically mixed the hidden-camera stunts from the Jackass motion pictures with a singular narrative story, grossed $15 million worldwide, from only a $15 million funds. It is doable that this undertaking might use the identical type of hidden digicam stunts to shock probably unwitting followers who attend this amusement park, whereas splicing a story through-line into the movie. That’s solely hypothesis at this level, since we do not have a lot to go on for this undertaking, however it actually does sound intriguing.
Johnny Knoxville most not too long ago starred within the action-comedy Skiptrace, alongside Jackie Chan, and in Elvis & Nixon alongside Michael Sheen and Michael Shannon. He at the moment has two different tasks in post-production, Weightless, starring Julianne Nicholson and Alessandro Nivola, and Above Suspicion, the place he stars alongside Emilia Clarke, Jack Huston and Thora Birch. Director Tim Kirkby solely has one characteristic movie to his credit score, 2013’s The Blind Spot, however he has change into fairly the prolific TV director in recent times. He has labored on a number of episodes of Veep, Taking part in Home, Man Looking for Lady, Grace and Frankie, You, Me and the Apocalypse and the upcoming IFC sequence Brockmire. Hopefully we’ll discover out extra about Motion Park within the very close to future.