Jason Reitman To Direct Film On Opening Night Of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

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Jason Reitman is getting ready to go live from New York.

Deadline is reporting that the Ghostbusters: Afterlife director is developing a feature film which will depict the backstage story of the hours leading up to the debut broadcast of the soon to become iconic television series Saturday Night Live.

Reportedly, Reitman and screenwriter Gil Kenan, who collaborated with Reitman on Ghostbusters: Afterlife, have done extensive interviews with the surviving cast and crew members from that first broadcast as the basis for their screenplay.

The show that would become known as Saturday Night Live premiered on NBC at 11:30pm on October 11, 1975 under the slightly shorter title Saturday Night. (It would officially become known as Saturday Night Live midway through its second season.) Almost immediately, the show became an instant sensation, shaping the landscape of comedy for decades to come.

A number of books on the history of Saturday Night Live have at least partly told this story before. But this is the first time that these events will be dramatized.

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