Hell, apparently, needs stand-up comics.
Nick Swardson and T.J. Miller are going to need all the laughs they can muster as they prepare to go to "Hell & Back," according to Deadline.
"Hell & Back" is an R-rated stop-motion animated film in which two best friends have to rescue their pal after he's accidentally dragged to hell (say hello to Alison Lohman when you get there, fellas!). The film is being produced by ShadowMachine, the production company that's been ramping up its feature film activity upon its success with both "Robot Chicken" and "Moral Orel" on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.
Swardson and Miller, both stand-up comics, have enjoyed some recent success in the movie business. Swardson was seen last summer as Danny McBride's dim-witted partner in crime in "30 Minutes or Less" and currently plays a role in Adam Sandler's "Jack and Jill." Miller (who will always be the hapless Hud in "Cloverfield" to us) recently appeared in "My Idiot Brother" and will reprise his voice role as Tuffnut in "How to Train Your Dragon 2."
As far as "Hell & Back" goes, it will be interesting to see how a production company that specializes in rapid-fire, bite-sized sketch comedy for the ADD crowd does with feature-length material. Will they be able to stay focused on one story for that long -- and without references to '80s action figures?
"Hell & Back" is set to begin production in January under the direction of Tommy Gianas (who directed episodes of "Tenacious D" and "Human Giant") and Ross Shuman.