Rob McElhenney to Write and Direct ‘Figment’


Rob McElhenney, one of the creators and stars of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is going to write and direct a feature film.

While you’d probably assume that it was an R-rated comedy many might be surprised to learn that McElhenney (who plays Mac on the FX comedy series) has actually been lined up as the writer, director and producer of a family action film called Figment set up at Legendary Pictures. The film will follow an imaginative boy and his family who are thrown for a loop when their greatest fears come to life.

McElhenney has quite a big deal for this film, and he sold the pitch by showing Legendary a “four minute amalgamation of two scenes from his film.” The production company bought it on the spot after the video “gave a sense of the nostalgic feeling, the wonder and imagination that conveyed the bond between the key character and his ‘figment,’ on a film that has thematic aspirations to be comparable to a Goonies or E.T.” While not what we would expect from McElhenney this could be the start of a whole new phase in his career.

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