Johnny Knoxville and Paramount Get Started On ‘Jackass’-Style Comedy, ‘Action Park’

Knoxville’s next project will be similar to the “Jackass” spinoff film, “Bad Grandpa”

If you loved watching Johnny Knoxville get mauled by dogs and bulls on “Jackass” or freak people out in “Bad Grandpa,” you’re in luck. The studio behind those illustrious films, Dickhouse Productions, is collaborating with Paramount to produce a new Knoxville-centered flick called “Action Park,” according to multiple media reports.

The premise is simple: Knoxville and his buddies create their own ramshackle theme park and invite unsuspecting members of the public to try it out. Pratfalls, reckless behavior and bewildered reactions from bystanders ensue. Along with starring in the film, Knoxville will write the script with John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky and produce with Billy Gerber & Derek Freda.

Longtime “Jackass” director Jeff Tremaine will not helm this project. Instead, Dickhouse is turning to English director Tim Kirkby, who has directed episodes of the TV shows “Brooklyn Nine Nine” and “Veep.”

Knoxville’s acting career got its launch through “Jackass,” which he started with Tremaine and several of their friends, including Spike Jonze. The slapstick series became a raunchy ratings hit for MTV. After the show went off the air, the series continued with three feature films and “Bad Grandpa,” a semi-scripted spinoff featuring Knoxville as Irving Zisman, a foul-mouthed old man he created for “Jackass” stunts. “Bad Grandpa” earned Dickhouse their first Oscar nomination for Best Makeup.

Production on “Action Park” is set to begin in South Africa this March. Knoxville is represented by CAA and 3 Arts.

Paramount did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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