Making a slight transition from playing a down-and-out baseball player-turned-teacher, Eastbound and Down star Danny McBride has signed on to co-write and star in Hench, a comic book adaptation about a down-and-out football player-turned-henchman. Says Variety:
Warner Bros. has acquired "Hench" and will develop the AIT/Planet Lar graphic novel as the template for a comic screen vehicle for Danny McBride, who is set to write the script with Shawn Harwell [aka Ben T. Best].
McBride will play a football player who suffers a career-ending injury and needs a job. He signs on as henchman to a successful villain.
Original Films' Neal Moritz will produce with Jason Netter's Kickstart Prods. and McBride. Ken Levin and Ori Marmur will be exec producers.
The graphic novel was created by Adam Beechen and Mario Bello.
Anyone who's seen The Foot-Fist Way and Eastbound and Down should have no difficulty imagining exactly what this movie will be. It's like when Taco Bell adds something new to the menu: it's not like there are really many new ingredients, just a new presentation of the old ones. You know what you're getting. Mullets and dreams of athletic grandeur are McBride and Harwell's sour cream and pet food-grade beef. In a good way, though. I'm confident Hench will leave me satisfied rather than doubled over with regret.