Jason Reitman will direct drama about first ever Saturday Night Live show

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Jason Reitman with co-write and direct a film about iconic comedy series Saturday Night Live, and here are the first details.

Jason Reitman and screenwriter/director Gil Keenan and currently deep into work on the sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which is set to return the action to New York.

The two will continue working together on an as yet untitled film about the chaotic first show in the iconic American comedy series Saturday Night Live.

Set in 1975, the film will follow the chaotic preparations, rehearsals and the minutes, in real time, leading up to the infamous words ““Live From New York, it’s Saturday Night!”.

Reitman will direct from a script he is co-writing with Keenan. They based the script on copious interviews conducted with cast, writers and crew.

No casting has yet been announced, but actors and comedians who appeared in the opening episode of SNL included George Carlin, Dan Akroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Andy Kaufman, Jane Curtin, Michael-O Donohue, Gilda Radner, Garrett Morris and Laraine Newman.

Elements of Saturday Night Live were previously dramatized in David Wain’s 2018 Netflix film A Futile And Stupid Gesture, which chronicled the creation of National Lampoon.

We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

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