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Cheech and Chong to set Hollywood ablaze with new biopic that chronicles their wild lives
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Cheech and Chong to set Hollywood ablaze with new biopic that chronicles their wild lives

The comedy duo was one of the first acts to take on weed culture in the 1970s and '80s. Now they're back.

Decades before Seth Rogen and Snoop Dogg made their careers based on stoner culture, Cheech and Chong were making comedy gold through a cloud of smoke.

The American comedy pioneers, real names Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, took smoking marijuana from 1970s hippy American and made it mainstream.

And now, the boys are getting the band back together.

But it won't be another film along the lines of their 1978 classic Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke.

Instead, the pair will be heading behind the camera for this one.

Cheech and Chong have signed on to be producers of a biopic about their own meteoric rise to fame.

In a statement about their upcoming film, Cheech told The Hollywood Reporter: "We are excited to show the world how two dudes from completely different backgrounds got together, changed comedy, and made cannabis mainstream."

Movie producer Trevor Engelson, from Hollywood's Underground film studios, also spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the project.

"Working with Cheech and Chong is a childhood dream of mine," he said.

"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.”

The film has been written written by Danya Jimenez and Hannah McMechan, who have just finished working on Sony's K-Pop Demon Hunters and the Comedy Central reboot of Ren & Stimpy.

Seems like the right vibe.

Kristian Mercado is on board to direct, fresh off the back of bringing the short film Nuevo Rico to life.

Also producing the biopic will be Oscar-winner Todd Lieberman, Emmy Award-winner Alex Young from Hidden Pictures, Douglas Banker of Five All in the Fifth Entertainment.

Sounds like a good crew is on board to bring the two 'blazers - trail and otherwise - out of the '70s and '80s and into the now.

And, as a new generation looks set to be introduced to the iconic pot-smoking pair, we might start hearing their old comedy albums cropping up once again.

Or maybe we'll see their old films cop a few re-reuns.

You know the ones: Up in Smoke, Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie or even Nice Dreams.

The ones that set Hollywood alight with a whole new genre of movie: stupid stoner humor.

They're certainly worth a rewatch, if you ask us. It's for research, we swear.

Topics: Drugs, Film and TV, Celebrity, Entertainment