Kuntz & Maguire to Shoot Onion Movie

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MJZ's Kuntz & Maguire will be taking their funny business to the big screen. In early January, the directing duo signed on to direct a movie based on the satirical news rag The Onion. The film will be produced by Zucker-Netter, whose founders were behind theatrical send-ups like Airplane! and The Naked Gun. The pair is currently reworking the script and by March will go into full production, leaving them out of commission for spots for eight months.

"It's going to feel a lot like the newspaper," says Mike Maguire. "It's going to be a very funny movie with a lot of funny stuff. The hope is to translate the piss-your-pants experience that you get out of reading the paper into a film. Our main goal is to have guys who really love the publication love the movie." So far, the pair seem to be on the right track -- one of their major hurdles to getting the job was to earn the approval of some of the paper's key staff, including its editor-in-chief. "The mere fact that we have the guys who write The Onion behind us allows us to sleep deeply at night," Maguire says. -Ann-Christine Diaz

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