Jason Reitman To Direct Movie Based On The Origin Of ‘Saturday Night Live’

After helping relaunch the Ghostbusters franchise for Sony, director Jason Reitman is reuniting with the studio to tell the behind-the-scenes story of the premiere of one of the most iconic shows in TV history – Saturday Night Live.

Reitman will re-team with Gil Kenan to pen the script, which will be set on October 11, 1975, where a ferocious troupe of young comedians and writers changed television forever.

The film will tell the true story of what happened that night behind the scenes in the moments leading up to the first SNL broadcast, retelling chaos and magic of a revolution that almost wasn’t, counting down the minutes in real time to the infamous words – “Live From New York, it’s Saturday Night.”

The screenplay will reportedly be based on an extensive series of interviews conducted by Reitman and Kenan with all the living cast, writers, and crew. With SNL still popular and seen as an institution of American pop culture, there’s bound to be plenty of interest in the film. Attention will now turn to who will play some of the iconic actors that made up the original SNL crew.

This project will have to wait a little though, as Reitman and Kenan are currently in production on the follow-up to Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which Kenan is directing. After the success of that film, the duo signed an overall producing deal with Sony Pictures to develop a number of projects.


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