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SNL 1975 (D: Reitman)

EXCLUSIVE: After helping relaunch the Ghostbusters franchise for Sony Pictures, Jason Reitman is reuniting with the studio to tell the behind the scenes story for the premiere of one of more iconic shows in TV history. Source tell Deadline, Reitman is set to direct an untitled original screenplay for Sony which is based on the real-life behind the scenes accounts of the opening night of Saturday Night Live. Reitman will also reteam with his Ghostbusters: Afterlife co-scribe, Gil Kenan, to co-write the script.

The film will be set on Oct. 11th, 1975, where a ferocious troupe of young comedians and writers changed television forever. This is the true story of what happened that night behind the scenes in the moments leading up to the first broadcast of Saturday Night Live. The chaos and magic of a revolution that almost wasn’t, as we countdown the minutes in real time to the infamous words, Live From New York, it’s Saturday Night.

The screenplay is based on an extensive series of interviews conducted by Reitman and Kenan with all the living cast, writers, and crew.

Reitman and Kenan are currently in production on the follow up to Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which Kenan is directing. After the success of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Reitman and Kenan signed an overall producing deal with Sony Pictures.

Producing alongside Reitman and Kenan, will be their long time partners Jason Blumenfeld and Erica Mills who are currently on the Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel.

Besides Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Reitman is the director of best known for his critically acclaimed work on Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air and Young Adult. As a producer, Reitman produced Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition and the cult hit Jennifer’s Body, by director Karyn Kusama.

Kenan has directed films such as the Oscar-nominated Monster House (a Sony Pictures release), City of Ember and last year’s A Boy Called Christmas.

Reitman is repped by WME and Alan Wertheimer. Kenan is repped by WME and Robert Offer.
https://deadline.com/2023/05/jason-r...ny-1235352606/
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I mean so many stories have been told over the years in various tv specials and documentaries but it sounds like a neat idea for a movie. I like the idea of a period Comedy as those movies are very rare.

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I will watch it
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a ferocious troupe of young comedians
Admittedly, they did talk about feeding people's fingers to wolverines, but c'mon
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"Feeding Wolverines" should be the title of the movie.
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If it’s not called Live From New York… I’ll eat my hat!
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Could be interesting and I generally like Jason Reitman as a director. Not a huge SNL fan for the most part, but as a period piece centering around the conception of the show and it’s first episode it could be interesting.
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Do not envy whoever is cast as they’ll be compared to a really great crew idolized beyond belief.
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Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ
If it’s not called Live From New York… I’ll eat my hat!
If not, it would only be because it's not based on the excellent oral history book of that name by James Miller

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Yeah, that's a great book. I'd be definitely down for a film like this, but it will be tricky to get right.
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For the title, how about just "It's Saturday Night"?
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If it’s not called Live From New York… I’ll eat my hat!
Hope your hat is tasty! It's called SNL 1975

Casting done.
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I'm glad to see LaBelle get another big role (Lorne Michaels). He was SO good in 2022 as young Spielberg.
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So this is the story of all the chaos behind the scenes until the show premieres and the cast performs a Gilbert and Sullivan parody song?
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Originally Posted by Decker
Hope your hat is tasty! It's called SNL 1975

Casting done.
https://x.com/FilmUpdates/status/174...043877822?s=20
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Maybe in the minority but not a huge fan of Sennott and she comes off as annoying.

I will never get back the time I lost watching "Bottoms"
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Re: SNL 1975 (D: Reitman)

EXCLUSIVE: Ella Hunt, Emily Fairn and Kim Matula have joined Sony Pictures’ SNL 1975, which will be directed by Jason Reitman and is based on the real-life behind-the-scenes accounts of Saturday Night Live‘s opening night. Hunt will play Gilda Radner, Fairn will play Laraine Newman, and Matula will play Jane Curtin. The original screenplay is by Reitman and Gil Kenan.
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Yeah, never heard of any of them. Emily Farin didn't even register in a Google search
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Best known for her role in the Apple series Dickinson, Hunt most recently was seen in the Sony’s 3000 Pictures and Netflix adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover, opposite Emma Corrin and Jack O’Connell, and in the Amazon Studios drama Master, directed by Mariama Diallo. Hunt next will be seen in the four-part Western film Horizon: An American Saga co-written, produced, directed by and starring Kevin Costner.


Fairn most recently starred opposite Martin Freeman in BAFTA-nominated The Responder for BBC One. Up next, she will star in Sky Atlantic and AMC’s Mary and George, opposite Julianne Moore, and in Jack Thorne’s feature film Joy, alongside Amanda Posey and Finola Dwyer.



Matula starred in the Fox comedy LA To Vegas ,which was produced by Steven Levitan and co-starred Dylan McDermott, and appeared in Lifetime‘s UnReal. On the feature side, she worked with Stephen Merchant in MGM’s Fighting with My Family, opposite Florence Pugh, Vince Vaughn, Nick Frost and Dwayne Johnson, and last year starred in the independent comedy feature Tappawingo, opposite Jon Heder.
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Yeah, never heard of any of them. Emily Farin didn't even register in a Google search
That's misspelled - it's Emily Fairn.

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Ah. This damn dylsexia
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And now I finally have a legitimate reason to check out the remake of Lady Chatterley's Lover!
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And now I finally have a legitimate reason to check out the remake of Lady Chatterley's Lover!
Precisely my thought when I saw this blurb, Deck! Loved Hunt since Anna and the Apocalypse.

That said, does anyone else think Rachel Sennott would make a better Gilda Radner than Hunt? When I saw her name attached to this, I automatically assumed that's who she was playing.
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Dude in the picture on the left is giving off definite John Belushi looks.
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Pretty much depending on how old you are, these SNL performers' faces are more familiar than the faces on money, so trying to cast lookalikes would be pointless. Better to just lean into it, and cast people with a passing physical resemblance, who can ACT like the person they are playing.
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