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Paramount Sets Trevor Noah Project, ‘Rumble’ on the Ropes ’til 2022

Trevor Noah, Rumble
Trevor Noah, Rumble

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Paramount Sets Trevor Noah Project, ‘Rumble’ on the Ropes ’til 2022

Comedian Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s long running comedy-news program The Daily Show since 2015, is reportedly working on an as-yet untitled feature film project with Paramount Animation.

Noah’s “timely, poignant and comedic” original story will be scripted by Jonathan Groff (black-ish) and Jon Pollack (Modern Family), and produced by Noah under his Day Zero Productions (a ViacomCBS partner studio) with his president of production, Haroon Saleem. Mainstay Entertainment’s Norman Aladjem, Derek Van Pelt and Sanaz Yamin will also produce.

While the mysterious new project is something to look forward to in the years to come, animation lovers and wrestling fanatics were dealt a blow with another bit of Paramount Animation news: Rumble has been delayed yet again, and is now slated to enter the box office ring on February 18, 2022.

Originally positioned for release on July 31, 2020, in the first few months of pandemic lockdown, the Paramount Animation / Reel FX / WWE / Walden Media production was initially pushed to November 2020. With a return to normalcy still elusive, the pic was delayed again to January 29 of this year and most recently bumped down the calendar to May 14.

Synopsis: Set in a world where monster wrestling is a global sport and monsters are superstar athletes, this no-holds-barred action comedy adventure centers on Winnie (voiced by Geraldine Viswanathan) a confident young woman who yearns to follow in her father’s footsteps as a manager by coaching the lovable, wildly inexperienced underdog monster wrestler named Steve (Will Arnett).

Helmed by Hamish Grieve (head of story, Rise of the Guardians; story artist, Monsters vs. Aliens, Shrek 2 & 3) in his feature directorial debut and written by Matt Lieberman (Scoob!) and Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds), Rumble also features the voices of Terry Crews as marine monster Tentacularis, Fred Melamed as The Mayor, Joe Anoa’i (WWE Superstar Roman Reigns), Rebecca Quinn (WWE Superstar Becky Lynch), Tony Danza, Charles Barkley, Jimmy Tatro, Ben Schwartz and Michael Buffer.

[Source: Variety 1, 2]

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