‘Night at the Museum’ Writers to Make Directorial Debut With Horror-Comedy ‘Hell Baby’

“Night at the Museum” screenwriters Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant are directing “Hell Baby,” which starts filming in New Orleans in April

"Night at the Museum" screenwriters Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant are making their directorial debut with "Hell Baby," a horror-comedy that Darko Entertainment and Principato-Young Entertainment are producing, the companies said Tuesday.

Filming will begin in New Orleans in April.

Rob Corddry ("Adult Swim," "W.," "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World") and Leslie Bibb ("Ironman," the TV series "GCB") star as an expectant couple that moves to the most haunted fixer-upper in New Orleans, and calls the Vatican's best exorcism team to rescue them from a demonic baby.

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Lennon and Garant play the exorcists.

The duo has written nine movies together, including "Hell Baby," "Night at the Museum," "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," "Taxi," "Reno 911!: Miami," "Balls of Fury" and "The Pacifier." The two are now working on "Rentaghost."

While "Hell Baby" marks the pair's directorial debut, Garant directed "Reno 911!: Miami" and "Balls of Fury," along with numerous episodes of the television show "Reno 911!"

Darko Entertainment, which finances modestly budgeted, director-driven films, is financing "Hell Baby." The company's projects include "God Bless America," Bobcat Goldthwait's follow-up to "World's Greatest Dad," also a Darko Entertainment production. The company also plans to make "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies."

Principato-Young is a management and production now in preproduction on Lionsgate's "Jessabelle," with Blumhouse Pictures.