Comedy veterans Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant long ago lowered their State flag to proudly raising a banner made of cash and Ben Stiller posters. The two wrote The Pacifier, Herbie Fully Loaded, the entirety of the Night at the Museum franchise, and a soon-to-be produced script about robbing Nicolas Cage's comic books, and then they wrote a book detailing how you too could make a ton of money writing painfully formulaic family films. But not since 2007's Balls of Fury have either of them directed or done more than a cameo in one of their scripts, instead largely remaining behind the scenes of Vin Diesel babysitting children scenes. Now the two are ready to make their official co-directing debut with Hell Baby, and they've got their stars in Leslie Bibb and Rob Corddry.
As you would expect from a high-concept-sounding name like Hell Baby, Hell Baby is about a baby from Hell. More specifically, it's about "an expectant couple that moves in to the most haunted fixer-upper in New Orleans," a city where DIY projects and spectres go hand-in-hand with jazz and Mardi Gras, apparently. When it turns out their baby is possessed--in or out of the womb is not yet clear--the couple calls in "the Vatican's elite exorcism team," played by Lennon and Garant, to provide some broad laughs through wacky rituals, or something. Rob Corddry will play the male half of the expectant couple and Leslie Bibb will be his pregnant partner, so Leslie Mann had better watch her back. There's a younger model stealing not just her name structure but her eternal role as "nice-looking-but-largely-indistinct blonde mom willing to settle with schlubby guy for the sake of comedy."