Cheech & Chong are getting their own big-screen biopic. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will tell the origin story of the marijuana-smoking comedy duo, made up of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, who got their start in 1971 with the release of their debut, self-titled comedy album.
“We are excited to show the world how two dudes from completely different backgrounds got together, changed comedy and made cannabis mainstream!” Marin and Chong told THR.
The biopic will be directed by Kristian Mercado (Nuevo Rico), who recently made his feature directorial debut at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival with the sci-fi romance If You Were the Last starring Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) and Zoe Chao (Somebody I Used to Know).
“Cats out of the bag,” Mercado posted on social media. “I’m attached to direct CHEECH & CHONG. So hyped for the team involved to make this happen. Can someone pass me a joint?”
Mercado will direct from a script written by Danya Jimenez and Hannah McMechan. Some of the producers attached to the project include Oscar nominee Todd Lieberman (The Fighter), Alex Young (Shotgun Wedding), and Trevor Engelson (Snowfall).
“Working with Cheech and Chong is a childhood dream of mine,” Engelson said in a statement. “I used to listen to my father’s copy of their albums growing up, so to help bring their incredible true story to a new generation of fans is a real honor.”
During their time performing together in the 1970s and 1980s, Marin and Chong recorded seven comedy albums and made six live-action, feature-length films, including 1978’s Up in Smoke and 1984’s Cheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers.