The creators of
Comedy Central's Reno 911! are taking their cop
spoof to the big screen. Reno 911!: Miami,
which starts shooting January 23 in Miami and Los
Angeles, finds the officers visiting a national police
convention in Miami Beach at the height of spring
break. When the convention center is bio-attacked,
it's up to Reno's "finest" to save the day.
The 20th Century
Fox/Paramount production will be directed by Robert Ben
Garant, a cocreator of the TV series. Garant also
cowrote the script of the partially improvisational
project and will star. The cast also includes
cocreator-writers Thomas Lennon (who plays the flamboyantly
gay Lt. Jim Dangle) and Kerri Kenney as well as series
stars Niecy Nash, Mary Birdsong, Cedric Yarbrough,
Carlos Alazraqui, and Wendi McLendon-Covey.
and Kenney originally developed the pilot for the Fox
network, which passed on the series. Reno 911!
then was picked up and redeveloped by Comedy Central, a
sister company of Paramount under the Viacom umbrella,
and has aired there since 2003. (Tatiana Siegel,