"Animal enthusiast Peter Gaulke, (Steve Zahn) and his sidekick Fred Wolf (Allen Covert) host an ailing wildlife TV show "Strange Wilderness," which is in a steep ratings decline. Desperate to save the show Peter launches a Hail Mary scheme to find the one animal that could truly turn the show around and change the nature-show landscape forever - Bigfoot."
The film marks the directorial debut of Saturday Night Live writer Fred Wolf with the screenplay penned by Wolf and Gaulke.
The film appears to be something that Wolf and Gaulke concocted over 10 years ago while working on SNL. They created these little parodies of wildlife shows, mostly for their own amusement. They presented the idea of the show to several people around town, but most execs wanted to turn it into a TV show, rather than a movie (which, I think would have been hilarious). It was only when they presented to Adam Sandler, who picked up the project and presented it to Level 1 Entertainment.
"Originally it was going to be the journey of two guys and a couple of their crew members," Says Wolf. "When it became an ensemble comedy, I think it made it easier to get more comedy in. We got some great actors in the movie (Justin Long, Peter Dante, Harry Hamlin, Robert Patrick, Joe Don Baker, "Superbad's" Jonah Hill, Jeff Garland and even Ernest Borgnine) and they brought it to life. We write our little scribbles and then the next thing you know they're reading it and getting laughs."
"Strange Wilderness" opens February 1st.