“Key & Peele’s” hit “Substitute Teacher” sketch is coming to the big screen thanks to Paramount, which just bought a pitch for a movie that will star Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.
“Key & Peele” co-producers Rich Talarico and Alex Rubens will write the script, which will feature Key’s irascible educator Mr. Garvey competing with a rival inner-city teacher played by Peele for the love and respect of the student body.
The “Substitute Teacher” sketches have more than 72 million collective views on YouTube, and Key and Peele are a budding comedy brand, so it makes sense that Paramount would board the project, given that Comedy Central is under the same Viacom umbrella.
Shawn Levy and Dan Levine will produce for 21 Laps alongside Principato-Young Entertainment’s Peter Principato, Paul Young and Joel Zadak.
“Key & Peele” returns for its fifth season in July, after the duo wrap New Line’s comedy “Keanu,” which finds the guys posing as drug dealers in order to rescue a missing cat.
The news was first reported by Deadline.