Jason Reitman To Direct New Film About 1975 Launch Of ‘Saturday Night Live’

The partnership between Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan worked wonders with Ghostbusters: Afterlife, culminating in one of the most enjoyable films in the franchise. And while Reitman has moved on from directing its sequel, handing those reins over to Kenan, the two are set to work together once more on something very different: a backstage look at Saturday Night Live.

Deadline reports that Reitman will direct Sony’s film about behind-the-scenes turmoil in the hours leading up to the first episode of Saturday Night Live. The story is set on October 11, 1975 and follows the writers and young comedians who would launch the iconic comedy sketch series.

The initial SNL cast would feature one future Ghostbuster in Dan Akroyd, while Bill Murray would join in season two.

Reitman and Kenan conducted numerous interviews with surviving cast members and writers to develop their idea for the film. The duo will tag team the screenplay, as well.

It seems that Reitman is stepping away from blockbusters for this one, which is probably how he’s most comfortable. His previous films such as Juno, Up in the Air, and Tully were smaller-scale. Kenan’s prior credits include the classic animated horror, Monster House.

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