Kattan Swings For 'Monkey' Movie

By Chris Petrikin

"Saturday Night Live" star Chris Kattan is set to join Brendan Fraser and Whoopi Goldberg in "Monkey Bone," a Fox film employing a combination of live action and stop-motion animation.

Fraser stars as a neurotic cartoonist, who, after a car crash leaves him in a coma, finds himself stuck in the purgatory-like Dark Town, with Death (Goldberg) hot on his trail. Only his alter ego, the obnoxious Monkey Bone, can help him return to the world of the living.

Kattan will play O.D. Stu, an organ transplant donor who is drawn into the mutated world of Dark Town.
Fox is talking to Bridget Fonda to co-star in the film, but no deal has been reached.

"Monkey Bone" is expected to go before the cameras in May, with Henry Selick directing from a script by Sam Hamm.

Separately, Kattan also recently signed a development deal with 20th Century Fox to star in an untitled comedy based on a pitch he formulated with director-producer Amy Heckerling.

Kattan, who is repped by Endeavor, is the latest "SNL" cast member to make the leap to features. After a small role in the 1993 pic "And God Spoke," Kattan co-starred in the Heckerling-produced "A Night at the Roxbury." He recently wrapped Warner Bros.' "The House on Haunted Hill," and he is now back shooting the final shows of "SNL's" current season.

Source: Variety

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