Reno 911!’s Robert Ben Garant will write “gritty” Disney movie

Robert Ben Garant has been tapped to pen Tux, a feature film adaption of Japaneese graphic novel Tuxedo Gin. It took two years for the studio to close the rights to the Tokihiko Matsuura-created Japanese property, which were controlled by Shogakukan in Japan and VIZ Media in the US, according to Deadline. Now run by Rich Ross and Sean Bailey, Disney actually began talks to acquire the rights prior to the duo taking over. Garant will also executive produce along with Isamu Kamei.

The protagonist of the film is a young street fighter who, after falling into a coma, learns that he has lived such a selfish life he only has enough karma points to be reincarnated as a small animal. Humiliatingly trapped in the body of a chin-strap penguin, he needs to do enough good deeds to get his body back and save the girl he loves. Talking animals is an element Ross and Bailey have been steering the Disney ship away from, reports Deadline. But they’ve made an exception here as the novel follows a “gritty storyline.”

Fred Farris

Fred’s passion for comedy began at an early age when for some reason his father allowed him to watch George Carlin perform his classic "the seven dirty words you can’t say on television" routine. Fred has spent time in Las Vegas running comedy shows at a casino theater and also in Chicago writing about comedy and producing his own live shows. Since moving to Los Angeles in May 2010, he has worked in the live booking department of a major talent agency and currently works for a top talent management and production company.

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