Netflix's A Futile & Stupid Gesture Starts Principal Photography Today

Original Feature Film Chronicles Origins of National Lampoon Magazine and the Tragic Story of its Co-creator Doug Kenney

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 14, 2016) – Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, announced that principal photography has begun today on its feature film A Futile & Stupid Gesture in Los Angeles, California. The film, from the best selling 2006 book by Josh Karp, chronicles the life and career of National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney. It will be directed by David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer) and was adapted by Michael Colton & John Aboud (Childrens Hospital).

A Futile & Stupid Gesture stars Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) as Doug Kenney with Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina) portraying Henry Beard, one of the other founders of National Lampoon.

Joining the cast is Martin Mull (Arrested Development) as an older Doug Kenney; Joel McHale

(Community) as Chevy Chase; Matt Lucas (Little Britain) as Tony Hendra; Thomas Lennon (The Odd Couple) as Michael O’Donoghue; Seth Green (Austin Powers) as Christopher Guest; Jackie Tohn (House of Lies) as Gilda Radner; Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black) as Anne Beatts; Emmy Rossum (Shameless) as Kathryn Walker; Elvy Yost (The Catch) as Mary Marshmallow; Matt Walsh (Veep) as Matty Simmons; John Gemberling (Broad City) as John Belushi; Rick Glassman (Undateable) as Harold Ramis; Camille Guaty (Scorpion) as Alex Garcia-Mata and Jon Daly (Zoolander 2) as Bill Murray.

Peter Principato and Jonathan Stern are producing A Futile & Stupid Gesture for Principato-Young Entertainment and Abominable Pictures with David Wain, Michael Colton, John Aboud, Ed Helms, Ben Ormand, Sean McKittrick and Ted Hamm executive producing.

Doug Kenney co-founded the groundbreaking humor magazine National Lampoon in 1970, and went on to co-create the seminal movies Animal House and Caddyshack. His work was a major influence on subsequent generations of comedic writers and filmmakers.

Netflix will release A Futile & Stupid Gesture in 2017.

About Netflix

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About Principato-Young Entertainment

Principato – Young Entertainment – is responsible for New Lines Keanu starring Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele, being released April 29, as well as, New Lines Central Intelligence starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, being release June 10. Other credits include: Sony’s Virginity Hit and Jessabelle for Lionsgate. In television PYE currently has Black-ish on ABC, Flaked on Netflix, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp on Netflix. Other credits include: Comedy Central’s Key & Peele and Reno 911! and the f/x comedy Married. Principato-Young is one of the preeminent management / production companies representing some of today’s most exciting artists.

About Abominable Pictures

Abominable Pictures is a production company that develops and produces comedic content for multi-digital platforms, television and film. Founded by Jonathan Stern in 2006, Abominable has produced over 15 series, with Stern serving as an executive producer and/or co­-creator. The Abominable Pictures team is made up of creative, hard-working and funny people whose goal is to bring audiences the best in comedy.

Projects include: Wet Hot American Summer (Netflix), Childrens Hospital (Adult Swim), Newsreaders (Adult Swim), The Hotwives of Orlando (Hulu), The Hotwives of Las Vegas (Hulu), Garfunkel & Oates (IFC), NTSF:SD:SUV:: (Adult Swim), Burning Love (Yahoo! and E!), BEEF (Paramount), Filthy Preppy Teen$ (Fullscreen), Wainy Days, Horrible People, You’re Whole, Hot Package (Adult Swim) and segments for Funny or Die: Presents (HBO) as well as Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO).