Given that reboots are all the rage these days, it's fairly hard to believe that we haven't seen the return of Cheech & Chong in a live-action feature, with the last film being Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers back in 1984! Despite both Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong being pretty active in the film business, the two somehow haven't been able to reunite properly, but that doesn't mean the effort isn't there.
Chong, who has already starred in two films this year with Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot and Richard Stanley’s Color Out of Space, recently revealed in a chat with Movie Web on behalf of the latter that he's been working on writing a Cheech & Chong horror movie!?
"I’ve been trying to write a Cheech and Chong horror movie," Chong told the site.
"Every comedy team before they broke up, they always had a horror movie. Abbott and Costello Halloween. Abbott and Costello meet the monster. Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, they had one. Everybody has a horror movie. So I always wanted to do a horror movie," he added. "In fact, we did a reunion tour movie and I wanted to make that a horror movie but I didn’t have the clout that I once had with Cheech, so I couldn’t talk him into it. It’s a nice genre to play with, you can have a lot of fun with it. Like Get Out, I like that approach to it."
Interestingly enough, the idea of the duo meeting famous horror characters has been thrown around more than once, as Jason Lives director Tom McLoughlin once told Mick Garris on an episode of Post Mortem podcast that he'd pitched an idea to producer Frank Mancuso Jr.
"What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason?," said McLoughlin. "They’re like camp counselors or something. But (Mancuso) said, 'You know what? No.'"
However, at 81 years old, the stoner icon reveals that he doubts the horror movie will ever be made, and that he's mainly focused on "staying warm, staying comfortable and high."
As we've seen many times in the past, anything is possible with enough support from fans, and Cheech & Chong certainly has an active fanbase. Personally, I see no reason why it couldn't get made. In the meantime, you can see Tommy Chong in Color Out of Space, which hits theaters this weekend from RLJE Films.