ZOMBIELAND Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick Make Directorial Debut with DOC AND HOWIE

     November 20, 2010


Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland) will make their directorial debut with Doc and Howie. Steve Leff (Carpoolers) wrote the script — originally titled Doc and Howie Kill a Granny, it landed at number eleven on the 2009 Black List of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays.

The tone is said to be similar to Harold & Kumar, a comedy of errors wherein the titular characters romance the granddaughters of the elderly woman they… accidentally killed.  More after the jump:

Here’s the synopsis:


“Two men, Doc and Howie, inadvertently kill an elderly woman when they neglect to help her carry groceries up stairs. The incident puts them in position to get closer to the woman’s attractive granddaughters, and they struggle with deciding whether to tell the women the truth about the circumstances under which they met.” [Script Shadow]

Yeah… I don’t know that this one is for me.  But there was certainly a spark in Reese and Wernick’s Zombieland script.  Loved the concept of “The Rules,” and how it played on the screen.  We’ll see if Reese and Wernick can translate Leff’s ideas as capably as Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer did theirs.

It was recently announced that Reese and Wernick will helm an adaptation of the comic book Cowboy Ninja VikingRisky Business suggests Doc and Howie is up first with a planned early summer 2011 start date.

The duo hasn’t abandoned their original craft, however: Reese and Wernick are currently working on scripts for Deadpool, G.I. Joe 2, and Zombieland 2, with the sci-fi epic Earth Vs. Moon in development at Universal.

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