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.

Wrigley Pictures’ John Rickard most recently produced the Brad Peyton directed hit movie, Rampage, starring Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris and Jeffrey Dean Morgan which came out April 20th, 2018 and grossed $426M worldwide.

Armory Films produced and financed Joe Penna’s Arctic, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival where it was acquired by Bleeker Street, and Dee Rees’ lauded feature Mudbound.  They are currently in post-production on The Peanut Butter Falcon, starring Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, Dakota Johnson and Bruce Dern.

Metalwork Pictures produced and financed Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Farming, starring Kate Beckinsale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Damson Idris, which is part of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival lineup; and The White Crowdirected by Ralph Fiennes, which Sony Pictures Classics acquired for US distribution.  They are currently in post-production on Georgetown, starring Christoph Waltz, Vanessa Redgrave and Annette Bening, My Zoe, starring Julie Delpy, Gemma Arterton and Richard Armitage and Last Moment of Clarity starring Brian Cox.

Day is represented by WME, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorney David Weber.


JOHN RICKARD is the principal of his production company Wrigley Pictures, which has a first-look deal at New Line Cinema.

His producing credits include Seth Gordon’s hit comedy Horrible Bosses and its sequel, Horrible Bosses 2, both starring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx; the 2010 remake of the horror thriller A Nightmare on Elm Street; the Farrelly brothers’ comedy Hall Pass, starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis; the horror film Final Destination 5; Bryan Singer’s action adventure Jack the Giant Slayer; the romantic comedy How to Be Single,starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie and Leslie Mann; and the comedy Fist Fight, starring Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, and Kumail Nanjiani.


Founded in 2013 by Christopher Lemole and Tim Zajaros, Armory Films is a film finance and production company that creates, develops, produces, and finances high concept and commercially viable content. With the ability to finance projects from initial creative inception through production and release, Armory has amassed an impressive slate spanning numerous genres and styles, nurturing distinctive stories into groundbreaking films.

Past films include Dee Rees’ lauded feature Mudbound, starring Carey Mulligan and Garrett Hedlund, which rose to critical success following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last year and received a record breaking four Academy Award Nominations and the Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair horror/thriller Mom and Dad, which received rave reviews when it premiered in the Midnight Madness section at the Toronto International Film Festival.


Metalwork Pictures is a media production company that develops, produces, and finances original content. Recent titles include: Georgetown (Oscar Winners Christoph Waltz and Vanessa Redgrave, Oscar Nominee Annette Bening), The White Crow (Oscar Nominee Ralph Fiennes, César Winner Adèle Exarchopoulos), Farming (Kate Beckinsale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw), Last Moment of Clarity (Samara Weaving, Carly Chaikin, BAFTA Winner Brian Cox, Udo Kier), My Zoe (Oscar Nominee Julie Delpy, Daniel Brühl, Gemma Arterton, Richard Armitage), Flower (Zoey Deutch), The Art of Getting By (Emma Roberts and Freddie Highmore), and Lullaby (Garrett Hedlund, Oscar Nominees Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins, Terrence Howard, and Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson).

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