Charlie Day Will Write And Star In His Feature Film Directorial Debut, EL TONTO

I’ve received this press release from Armory Films announcing Charlie Day’s feature film directorial debut EL TONTO, which he will also write and star in. Armory Films and Metalwork Pictures will finance/produce this project with Wrigley Pictures and Page Fifty-Four. Check out further details here below!

LOS ANGELES (September 5, 2018) – Armory Films and Metalwork Pictures have come on board to produce and finance multi-hyphenate Charlie Day’s (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” Pacific Rim: Uprising) much anticipated feature film directorial debut El Tonto.  Day, who also penned the script, is set to star.

The comedy, which starts principal photography in Los Angeles next month, follows an idiot mute (Day) who, after getting off a bus in Los Angeles, rises through the ranks to become a beloved Hollywood celebrity, only to lose it all. 

Armory Films’ Christopher Lemole and Tim Zajaros (Mudbound, Arctic) and Metalwork Pictures’ Andrew Levitas (Farming, The White Crow) will produce alongside Wrigley Pictures’ John Rickard (Rampage, Horrible Bosses) and Page Fifty-Four Pictures’ Alex Saks (The Florida Project, Wildlife). Armory Films and Metalwork Pictures will finance the feature. Endeavor Content will represent the worldwide distribution rights.

Armory Films’ Lemole and Zajaros said: “We’ve been looking to do something with Charlie for a while now.  The script is hilarious, incredibly original and films like this just don’t get made anymore.  We’re thrilled to get in on the ground floor of his directorial career, as we believe the skies the limit for him.”

Day’s comedic talent in both film and television has garnered him a loyal following among critics and fans.  He currently stars in “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, one of the longest running and most successful comedies to date, for which he also serves as a writer and executive producer, returning for Season 13 on September 5th.  Day created the series with his co-producers Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton. Day is also a co-creator and executive producer of the new Fox comedy “Cool Kids,” debuting September 28, 2018, and will co-create a straight-to-series half hour-scripted comedy with Rob McElhenney, ordered by Apple.  Other credits include: Pacific Rim; Pacific Rim: Uprising; Horrible Bosses; Going the Distance; Monsters University; The Lego Movie; Vacation; The Hollars and Hotel Artemis.

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