Netflix must have been happy with the performance of Adam Sandler‘s Hubie Halloween last October, as they’ve commissioned another Halloween comedy, this one with Marlon Wayans as the star.
The film is being described as a father-daughter adventure comedy, and follows a teenage girl who accidentally unleashes an ancient and mischievous spirit on Halloween, which causes decorations to come alive and wreak havoc. In order to save her town, she’s forced to team up with the last person she’d want to – her skeptical father.
Jeff Wadlow (Truth Or Dare) will direct from a script written by Rob Rugan, Todd Berger, and John R. Morey. Wayans will produce the film with Rick Alvarez under their Ugly Baby Productions banner, along with Nathan Reimann.
The film, which is currently untitled, continues Netflix’s strong relationship with Wayans. He previously starred in 2017 time-loop comedy Naked, before producing and starring in 2019’s Sextuplets, where he played all six main characters.
He also led two seasons of sitcom Marlon, and released a comedy special titled Woke-ish two years ago, all for the streaming giant.
Wadlow also has a working relationship with Netflix, having previously directed the Kevin James movie, True Memoirs Of An International Assassin.
He’s also previously helmed films such as Kick-Ass 2 and Fantasy Island, while writing Vin Diesel‘s Bloodshot film and the upcoming Magic 8-Ball movie.
Netflix’s viewing numbers are for internal viewing only, and are only vaguely released to the public when a Netflix Original is performing well. But this project signals the streamer’s trust in Wayans, and perhaps also its audiences affinity for Halloween-related content.
Wayans will next be seen in a rare non-comedic role when he plays Ted White, Aretha Franklin‘s first husband, in MGM’s upcoming biopic Respect, which stars Jennifer Hudson.