Out Director Craig Johnson Teams with 'SNL' Writer for Horror-Comedy Movie

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Wednesday January 27, 2021

Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson  (Source:Craig Johnson/Instagram)

Out writer-director Craig Johnson ("Alex Strangelove," "The Skeleton Twins") is teaming up with "Saturday Night Live" co-head writer Kent Sublette on a horror-comedy film project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The project is titled "The Parenting," and while nothing is yet known about the storyline, word has it that the film will combine horror with the familiar comedy trope of a nervous significant other meeting their partner's family. New Line - the company behind "The Conjuring" movies - is behind the film, which Sublette will write. Johnson is "in negotiations to direct," THR said.

"Johnson, who is gay, took on sexual orientation tropes with his teen rom-com Alex Strangelove, which told of a young man who finds himself caught between losing his virginity to a girl and developing feelings toward a gay schoolmate," THR recalled.

The Emmy-nominated, WGA Award-winning Sublette has worked on film projects before, the article said, citing his "uncredited work on features such as 'Bridesmaids' and 'The Heat,' among several other comedies."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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