Attention, lords and ladies who love both Game of Thrones and chain restaurants: Two production companies are joining forces to build a movie based on Medieval Times, the cheese-tastic dinner theater that combines Middle Ages-themed food and entertainment.
EW has confirmed that that Benderspink (The Hangover Part III) and Broken Road (Jack and Jill) are behind the deal, which intends to transform Medieval Times into a feature film property. After securing the chain’s rights, they’ll reportedly shop the project to studios. Deadline first reported the news.
Medieval Times, of course, is no stranger to the screen. Jim Parsons played a sad sack who worked as a knight at the restaurant’s New Jersey outpost in 2004’s Garden State. Matthew Broderick and Jim Carrey took a memorable trip to its California location in 1996’s The Cable Guy. And reality shows of all stripes – from Cake Boss to Celebrity Apprentice – have made trips to the company’s castle replicas as well.
During most of these appearances, the family entertainment mecca has been the butt of jokes. (Waitress Wench to Mathew Broderick: “There were no utensils in medieval times; hence there are no utensils at Medieval Times. Would you like a refill on that Pepsi?” Matthew Broderick: “There were no utensils, but there was Pepsi?”) Given the comedic bent of both Benderspink and Broken Road, a full-length Medieval Times movie would likely be in much the same vein – though you know there must be a lot of pathos in those career jousters. When you wear a helmet, no one can see your tears.