Guys, don’t tell Thomas Lennon, but it seems that Robert Ben Garant, Lennon’s frequent writing partner, has done the unthinkable and signed on to write a script for Tux without his Reno 911 and The State co-star. Tux is an adaptation of the Japanese graphical novel Tuxedo Gin, which is a weird title even by both graphical novel and Japanese standards.
Disney must have really loved the job he did for them on Herbie: Fully Loaded in order to bring him back, but it’s more likely that he was able to redeem himself with the Night at the Museum installments.
As for the plot of Tuxedo Gin, it sounds uh-mazing. Deadline reports:
The protagonist is a young street fighter who falls into a coma and learns that he has lived his life so selfishly that he only has enough karma points to be reincarnated as an animal 15 pounds or less. Trapped in the body of a chin-strap penguin, he tries to overcome the humiliation and rack up enough good deeds to get his old body back and save the girl he loves.
The old “boy-gets-girl, boy-lives-selfishly-thus-becoming-a-penguin-incarnate, penguin-redeems-himself-for-girl, penguin-reverts-to-boy” plotline. Sure, it’s been done to death, but Garant should be able to offer a new take on it.