What do a gun-toting Laura Linney, a thickly accented Tim Curry, a hot air balloon escape from an erupting volcano, a piece of sesame cake, Joey Pants, Bruce Campbell’s chin, a laster gun operated by a diamond, and a talking gorilla have in common? They are the cornerstones of Frank Marshall’s 1995 film, CONGO, based on the novel by Michael Crichton, now being presented by Scripts Gone Wild as a benefit for the Chattanooga Film Festival.
Headlining the May 29th reading at El Cid on Sunset is actor Karan Soni, currently starring in the TBS comedy, Miracle Workers, and best known as “Dopinder” in the Deadpool franchise. Other roles include: the 2019 Sundance favorite, Corporate Animals, the Netflix films Unicorn Store and Creep 2, and recent comedies Rough Night and Ghostbusters.”He’s a busy guy! We’ve been trying to pin him down for a read for awhile now,” said Scripts Gone Wild founder Billy Ray Brewton. “We’re delighted we were finally able to make it work!”
Scripts Gone Wild is also thrilled to announce a very special guest for the reading – Misty Rosas – who portrayed “Amy the Gorilla” in the 1995 film. An accomplished stuntwoman, Misty’s work has been seen in Jingle All the Way, Practical Magic, Three Kings, Monster House, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Also announced are: filmmakers Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, best known for recent hits The Endless and Spring, as well as the forthcoming sci-fi thriller Synchronic starring Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan, and actress Tiffany Yvonne Cox, known for Grey’s Anatomy, Santa Clarita Diet, and the upcoming biopic, Ford vs. Ferrari.
Joining them are first time Scripts Gone Wild participants, actors Chad Addison (Most Likely to Die, It’s Dark Here) and Conor Murphy (The Good Place, The Longest Night), filmmaker L. Gustavo Cooper (June, The Devil Incarnate), and the multi-talented Kirk R. Thatcher, writer/producer on the 90’s series Dinosaurs, producer of The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell, and screenwriter of Muppets Treasure Island.
Stay tuned for more announcements as the next wave of casting is set to be revealed on Monday May 13th.
Sponsored by Mulholland Distilling, Q Mixers, and Stella Artois, this reading will benefit the Chattanooga Film Festival, the Tennessee genre festival where Scripts Gone Wild originated in 2017 before becoming a monthly fixture in Los Angeles. “I’m so excited to be raising money for, quite literally, the coolest film festival in the South,” said Brewton. “CFF has been an enormous part of our journey and it seems only fitting to be returning the favor!”
Scripts Gone Wild is a monthly script reading series which takes celebrities, filmmakers, and influencers, gives them a popular film script, and thrusts them head-first into a drinking game where they are penalized for line flubs and missed cues. As the readers make mistakes, and as the drinks pile up, the riotous nature of the event really starts to shine. Scripts are rarely finished and – when they are – they might just be a mess. The audience even gets in on the action and helps dictate just how ‘wild’ the evening gets!
SCRIPTS GONE WILD – CONGO will take place on Wednesday May 29th at 8:00pm at El Cid on Sunset (4212 Sunset Blvd). VIP tickets are $20 and general admission tickets are $10 ($15 at the door). To participate in the shenanigans, follow Scripts Gone Wild on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook at @scriptsgonewild. For tickets and more info visit www.scriptsgonewild.com.